A literature review of questionnaires for the assessment of online learning with a specific focus on the factors and items employed

Authors

  • Ying Zhou School of Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5736-2094
  • Xin An School of Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8080-1005
  • Xiuting Li School of Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University
  • Lewei Li
  • Xue Gong School of Educational Technology, Beijing Normal University
  • Yushun Li Engineering Research Center for E-learning & Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education
  • Ching Sing Chai Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Chinese University of Hong Kong https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6298-4813
  • Jyh-Chong Liang National Taiwan Normal University
  • Chin-Chung Tsai Program of Learning Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.6719

Keywords:

online learning, questionnaires, learning environment, learning interaction, literature review, content analysis

Abstract

Studies measuring online learning have adopted different perspectives, resulting in different approaches to their assessment of online learning. However, when we consider the literature from a wider angle, there may be complimentary or contrasting relationships. This study performed content analysis on a total of 44 studies that used questionnaires with good reliability and validity from the database of the Social Science Citation Index. Through encoding the 241 factors and 1,171 items used in the questionnaires, we found relationships among them that could be supported by classical theoretical frameworks or our general knowledge of instruction. The content measured by these questionnaires can be divided into five categories according to Li’s (2001) theory of instructional elements: (1) learning environment, (2) learner, (3) teacher, (4) learning content, and (5) learning interaction. Following the initial analysis, this study used the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) (Oye et al., 2014) to classify 58 factors that reflect the learning environment. In addition, the combination of Marzano and Kendall’s (2007) new taxonomy of educational objectives and learning outcomes provides useful information for 111 factors used to assess learners.

Implications for policy and practice:

  • An online learning questionnaire database was established with a good structure based on the classification of the factors and items of these questionnaires.
  • Based on the results, teachers can more accurately design online teaching without feeling lost or taking detours.

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Published

2021-11-30

How to Cite

Zhou, Y., An, X., Li, X., Li, L., Gong, X., Li, Y., Chai, C. S., Liang, J.-C., & Tsai, C.-C. (2021). A literature review of questionnaires for the assessment of online learning with a specific focus on the factors and items employed. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 182–204. https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.6719

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