Characterising Computer Experience and Anxieties Differences Between Middle Eastern and Western Students in eLearning

Raafat George Saadé, Fassil Nebebe, Dennis Kira
InSITE 2015  •  2015  •  pp. 353-365
Computer anxiety especially in first-year university students is common and continues to be a significant issue as it manifests itself in a number of negative emotions with significant detrimental impact to students. This is especially true in the context where students use computers for course work – online learning. Research work addressing the effect of computer/Internet experience on anxiety as it differs across cultures is relatively scarce. In this study, we investigate online learning anxiety and how it is impacted by computer and the internet experience, across two cultures – Middle Eastern and Wester. A survey methodology approach was used for the capture of data and analysis. We found that Anxiety using computers for learning still exists in today’s time across both cultures, however the type of anxiety differs between them. At the same time computer/Internet experience was found to impact anxiety in English student group while amount of computer usage was found to influence anxiety in the ME group. Conclusions, limitations and recommendations for furture research are provided.
Anxiety, Computer Use, Computer Experience, Culture, Middle East, Online Learning
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