Learner Readiness for Online Learning: Scale development and student perceptions

Mon-Ling Hung
Chien Chou
Chao-Hsiu Chen
Zang-Yuan Own



Distance education and telelearning, Gender studies, Teaching/learning strategies


The results of this study reveal that two readiness dimensions need special attention: learner control and self-directed learning. Teachers
may need to help students develop self-directed learning and learner-control skills and attitudes, especially for online learning contexts. For
example, teachers may need to improve the clarity of their syllabus and course structure before students can direct themselves toward
taking full control of their own learning. Thus, teachers can help students to establish their own time- and information-management skills
Teachers of online courses need to encourage students, especially those with lower self-efficacy in online communication, to
participate more extensively in the discussions, to bravely express their thoughts, to form better friendships, and to seek assistance when
facing problems online. Since motivation is one of the important factors in online learning, teachers should help students stay motivated in
online learning.

APA Citation

Hung, M. L., Chou, C., Chen, C. H., & Own, Z. Y. (2010). Learner readiness for online learning: Scale development and student perceptions. Computers & Education, 55(3), 1080-1090.

About the Study

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Mode Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication Computers & Education
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Student readiness
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest 4-year Institution
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size 500 +
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