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DELES Analysis of E-Learning Environments: Satisfaction Guaranteed?

DELES Analysis of E-Learning Environments: Satisfaction Guaranteed?
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Author(s): Hunter Keeney (Lamar University, USA), Kaye Shelton (Lamar University, USA), Diane Mason (Lamar University, USA) and J. Kenneth Young (Lamar University, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Building, Growing, and Sustaining Quality E-Learning Programs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kaye Shelton (Lamar University, USA) and Karen Pedersen (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0877-9.ch007

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Abstract

As online education expands, more data is needed on how to optimize its effectiveness in higher education settings. This chapter highlights a quantitative study that utilized the Distance Education Learning Environments Survey (DELES), to test the effects of student-centered learning constructs on student satisfaction in online courses. The sample population consisted of 306 students taking masters-level online courses in education or nursing at a university in Southeast Texas. Descriptive statistics and data were analyzed by correlation analysis and stepwise regression. Results of analyses showed personal relevance and authentic learning had the strongest correlations with student satisfaction, whereas the strongest predictors of student satisfaction were personal relevance and instructor support. The findings of the study described herein can provide beneficial insight regarding the design of effective online learning environments in higher education and improving the quality of the student experience.

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