Title

Internet shop users: Computer practices and its relationship to e-learning readiness

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Educational Leadership and Management

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Education Sciences

Volume

8

Issue

2

Publication Date

6-1-2018

Abstract

Access to computer technology is essential in developing 21st century skills. One venue that serves to bridge the gap in terms of access is internet shops (also known cybercafés or internet cafés). As such, it is important to examine the type of activities internet shop users engage in and how they develop and relate to their e-learning readiness. This study examined the profile, computer practices and e-learning readiness of seventy one (71) internet shop users. A researcher-made internet shop computer practice questionnaire and an e-learning readiness questionnaire adapted from Watkins, Leigh and Triner (2004) were utilized. Results revealed that most internet shop users are adolescents and also have access to technology at home. Computer practices of users in internet shops involve primarily browsing and communicating activities more than playing activities. Internet shop users also rated themselves as ready for e-learning, with females having significantly higher e-learning readiness than males. Browsing activities had positive correlation with communicating and playing activities. Playing activities had negative correlation with e-learning readiness. These results indicate the viability of internet shops as avenues for learning. It is recommended that teachers optimize this by engaging students in e-learning activities involving online research and collaboration, and referring students to online educational game-based resources. © 2018 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Digitial Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3390/educsci8020046

Disciplines

Educational Administration and Supervision

Keywords

Internet in education--Philippines; Cybercafes--Philippines; Internet users--Philippines

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