Developing a Diagnostic Tool for Assessing Tertiary Students' Readiness for Online Learning

H. Pillay
K. Irving
A. McCrindle


The increasing investment in developing high quality systems for online learning has focused more on technology with little regard for learners' readiness to learn through such systems. One of the reasons for this was an assumption that most students have the necessary capacity (technical and attitudinal) to deal with online learning. This assumption is increasingly being challenged in recent years. This paper explores the difficulties experienced by online learners and develops a diagnostic survey instrument to ascertain learner factor analysis, four factors were identified: Technical skills, Leaner self-efficacy, Learning preference and Learner attitude. This paper reports on the design and development of the survey instrument.


Online learning, Student readiness, Diagnostic tool, Learning skills and dispositions, Tertiary learning

APA Citation

Pillay, H., Irving, K., & McCrindle, A. (2006). Developing a diagnostic tool for assessing tertiary students' readiness for online learning. International journal of learning technology, 2(1), 92-104.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication International Journal of Learning Technology
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size 300-399
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