Home-campus nexus: The shift to homebased smart e-learning





homebased smart e-learning, education technology pedagogy, smart e-learning questionnaire, mixed methods, Rasch model


This article outlines the trajectory of China’s higher education and its strategy of pioneering a brand-new smart e-learning environment that has functionally molded China into a hybrid educational hub. This paper chronicles the almanac of China’s offline campus education, depicting how it technologically evolved into an e-learning home-campus nexus. A sequential mixed-methods design was employed to shed light on students’ readiness levels toward China’s newly implemented smart e-learning platform for tertiary education. The psychometric analyses of the Smart e-Learning Questionnaire and other parametric statistical tests were performed using the Rasch measurement model. Overall, there is strong evidence to suggest that the in-depth qualitative interviews captured more nuanced accounts of the participants’ perceived reasons for their moderate level of readiness towards their novel home-campus e-learning course delivery. Evacuated campuses and virtual lessons have become the cliched representation of this pandemic. It is critical that e-learning offerings be contextualised in practical ways to invigorate equitable teaching strategies that can improve e-learning and support the success of China’s higher education learning model for the post-pandemic agendum.

Implications for practice or policy:

  • This research investigated home-campus e-learning as a higher education learning model for the post-pandemic agendum.
  • The homebased smart e-learning prototype proposed in this study is framed as a learning delivery modality for advancing the latitude of digital literacy among higher education students.
  • The deployment of the next-generation 5G internet connectivity and the implementation of hybrid smart e-learning platforms, draw clear implications for policymakers and practitioners to model after these insightful strategies.


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Author Biographies

Dr. Jiang Na, East China Normal University, Shanghai Municipal Institute of Lifelong Education

Jiang Na (PhD) is currently pursuing her postdoctoral studies at the Shanghai Municipal Institute of Lifelong Education of East China Normal University. She is also affiliated to Shangrao Normal University as a Senior Lecturer. Her research interests are in adult learning, lifelong learning and sustainable development in education. 

Distinguished Professor Dr. Corinne Jacqueline Perera, Shangrao Normal University, China

Corinne Jacqueline Perera (PhD) is a Distinguished Professor at Shangrao Normal University, China. She holds qualifications in Music, Business Administration, IT Management and Educational Leadership. Her primary research interests are in Digital Literacy, Web Technologies, Gamification in Education, Flip Learning, Blended Learning, Leadership Branding and Rasch Measurement Model. She also draws on her expertise in Action Research, Qualitative Research Designs and Mixed-Methods Research and contributes towards collaborative team teaching and co-lecturing using flip teaching and learning modalities.

Dr. Zamzami Zainuddin, Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Nasional, Indonesia

Zamzami Zainuddin (PhD) is a Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong and a Lecturer at Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Administrasi Nasional, Indonesia. His areas of research include Technology-Enhanced Pedagogical Innovation, A bibliometrics and Text Mining Analysis, and Information Literacy and Post-Truth.




How to Cite

Na, J., Perera, C. J. ., & Zainuddin, Z. (2023). Home-campus nexus: The shift to homebased smart e-learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 39(1), 125–142. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.6709