How university students view online study: a PCP perspective

Wei Wang (Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology and Sociology, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia)

Campus-Wide Information Systems

ISSN: 1065-0741

Publication date: 1 July 2004


With the ever‐increasing impact of information technology (IT) on society, universities are pushed to deliver the courses through the Internet by the format of Web course or online study. There are relatively few studies of how students construe this new mode of delivery and study. This study aimed to better understanding of how students construe the online learning with the framework of personal construct psychology. A total of 41 students participated in the study, generating more than 500 elements regarding the online versus traditional learning mode. The grid analysis results in terms of students’ construct are reported in this paper. The implications of understanding and facilitating the “match” between the institutional drive for online delivery and students’ constructs are discussed in the context of online learning.



Wang, W. (2004), "How university students view online study: a PCP perspective", Campus-Wide Information Systems, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 108-117.



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