Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Students’ surveys and involvement in educational activities within virtual environments are related to students’ satisfaction in e-learning graduate programs
Alfonso Barrós-Loscertales, Laura Marquez-Ramos, Oscar Climent, Elisenda Bueichekú, Juan Carlos Bustamante

Last modified: 08-06-2017

Abstract


This paper evaluates associations across the dimensions included in students’ surveys and virtual activities for applying educational models within e-learning graduate programs. Firstly, we focus on the outcomes derived from teachers’ and students’ participation in virtual classroom forums and, secondly, on the determinants of students’ satisfaction in the graduate program. Data analyses show that teachers’ and students’ participation in forums as dynamic educational activities are positively correlated with students’ general satisfaction. To study the determinants of students’ satisfaction, we perform a regression analysis that considers as explanatory variables educational planning, teaching qualifications and development of learning, as well as of a number of controls related to the virtual learning environment and participation in the academic program. According to the obtained results, teaching skills and learning environments are associated with higher students’ satisfaction in a virtual learning environment. This type of analysis is of great interest in a social environment characterized by increasing communication via electronic networking. We find that dynamic educational activities and dimensions taken on board on students’ surveys are related to students’ satisfaction in e-learning graduate programs.


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