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Student Perceptions of Satisfaction and Anxiety in an Online Doctoral Program


Distance Education Volume 33, Number 1, ISSN 0158-7919


Eighty-four students in an online health education doctoral program taking the first course in the program over one year (four quarters) were surveyed in regards to their computer, Internet, and online course anxiety, and overall course satisfaction. An 18-item anxiety tool with domains in computer, Internet, and online learning was administered in the first and last weeks of an educational research course to assess for changes in student anxiety. A 24-item satisfaction tool with domains regarding the instructor, technology, setup, interaction, outcomes, and overall satisfaction was administered at the end of the course. Results show a significant negative correlation between anxiety and student satisfaction. Student anxiety levels were in the relatively moderate range; changes in anxiety levels over time were not significant. Participants who felt anxious when using computers or the Internet, or when taking online courses experienced anxiety with other domains. (Contains 6 tables and 3 figures.)


Bolliger, D.U. & Halupa, C. (2012). Student Perceptions of Satisfaction and Anxiety in an Online Doctoral Program. Distance Education, 33(1), 81-98. Retrieved March 8, 2021 from .

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