||by Som Seng-Tiarks
Senior Director of Marketing
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Recently, the flagship institution of the largest university in Malaysia conducted research to see if the online learning experience differed for males and females. More specifically, according to the news account, the researchers were focused on these factors: motivation, self monitoring, internet literacy, internet anxiety and concentration of students when engaging in online studying.
On some counts, the findings as reported could be considered… well… sketchy perhaps? The news account doesn’t get specific about the research methodology or survey size, etc. But, two things: the news was carried online by a site that asserts a readership of 1.75 million scientists, researchers, and engineers every month; and, two, the institution conducting the research, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), is large and fairly highly ranked by some. So, what did they conclude?
The study showed that there were no significant differences in the online learning experiences between male and female students.
You can access the full report at Phys.org here.