Business Students Online: Profiles of Success

Wallace, Dawn; Juban, Rusty; Walker, Josie
May 2005
Business Education Digest;May2005, Issue 14, p3
Academic Journal
With the popularity of online courses increasing, the purpose of this research is to determine if there exists a profile of successful online learners. To accomplish this task, demographic variables, role related variables, and variables measuring internal motivation were measured against two indicators of student success: self-reported grade and attitudinal measures of general satisfaction. The findings from this research indicated that demographic variables of age, sex and student classification and role-related variables such as marital status, number of children, and number of hours worked on the job are not significantly related to student success. On the other hand, several measures of intrinsic motivation were significantly related to student success as measured by both student grade and level of satisfaction.


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