Evaluation of E-Learning Readiness: A Study of Informational Behavior of University Students

Authors: Michael Brückner, Orasa Tetiwat

 Polibits, 40, pp. 87-92, 2009.

Abstract: In this study we investigated the behavior of university students from different universities and faculties of Thailand with regard to search, evaluate, use and share information. Our goal was to prepare the introduction of personal information management into the e-learning curriculum. We compare our results with data reported by others. Method: For gathering the data we used a questionnaire in Thai language, which was actually translated from the English original and sent to various universities in Thailand. Follow-up interviews with an adapted set of questions were carried out to generate qualitative data and a deeper insight into the knowledge and practices of the students. Analysis: Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were carried out on the data coming from 1,317 university students. Quantitative analysis employed the statistical package SPSS. Results: We have got a picture of the present informational behavior of Thai students. The results showed some differences between Thai and foreign students, for example in the use of Internet search engines. The insights gained by this study will be applied in the generation of the part of the e-learning curriculum that deals with the students' personal information management and can be applied to informational behavior of students in other countries like Mexico, Brazil, etc.

Keywords: Personal information management; Thailand; university students; e-learning curriculum

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