Paper - Refereed

There has been unprecedented growth in the number of Chinese students taking online courses. However, little has been published about their attitudes towards online learning. The present paper reports a pilot study which examined the influence of a number of factors (gender, prior experience, reasons for taking online courses etc.) on the attitudes of Chinese students towards online learning. An initial sample of 52 law students from a northern Chinese university was surveyed via a questionnaire followed by interviews with some of these students and the teaching staff.
Over the past decades, the use of electronic devices (mobile phone, PDA) and online environments in the educational domain has increased. Along with the use of digital tools comes misuse or abuse. The later are labelled under the umbrella term of cyber violence, which is now a recognised, expeditious and insidious phenomenon. The social and emotional impact and psychological damage on children and adolescents is substantial. Cyber safety is promoted as an antidote, with resources (websites, educational kits, instructional and/or curriculum materials, training courses) proliferating.
This paper summarises the findings of a research project which applied the means-end chain methodology to analyse the relationship between the personal values of teachers and eLearning system functionalities. While eLearning is being promoted for implementation in learning and teaching settings, there is a lack of understanding of the critical functionalities of eLearning systems which teachers perceive are useful so that there is likelihood that teachers will continue using eLearning systems.
Today many groups seek to foster communities of practice in order to serve the needs of professional development, change management, quality or other professional goals. This research was instigated by an unsuccessful attempt to foster teacher professional development by creating community in an online community space. The strengths of developing a web site to bring teachers together to engage and exchange ideas may have been understood at the outset of that task.
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