The data collected using an email survey method. The survey instrument is based on the factors that are found to be essential for high quality online course a indicated by the literature review. The findings reveal that students largely consider their online courses as of good quality, but there are concerns regarding the future career. Research findings also highlight that course content need to be made more easy and sufficient to facilitate better understanding and the website need to facilitate easy navigation and better interaction so that the students can remain engaged with the material and be motivated to study.
The rapid proliferation of Internet and improvements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have made it possible for students to access and enrol in courses offered online by foreign Universities. While this has large scale implications for the global education, it also helps students to obtain certifications and degrees in subjects and from colleges that were previously out of their reach. While there are a large number of Universities that offer online courses (Allen and Seaman, 2010), and there is substantial recognition of such online courses in the corporate world (Wanstreet, 2006), there are also several challenges inherent in the technology and the mode of delivery that impact the efficacy of the courses (Shi and Morrow, 2006). There are several problems related to the use of the technology as well as the utility of degrees obtained in this manner to provide useful career options (Shi and Morrow, 2006). As such, this research aims to understand the perception of students about the online courses that they have enrolled. It explores the reasons why the students may think that the online courses are a good alternative to the regular classes, as well as find out if there are any inhibitions or problems that the students ...Show more