E-Learning in Peru: Habits and Attitudes Towards Online Distance Learning
Abstract: This paper is a preliminary report on the findings of a quantitative study conducted by the ISIL Technical Institute in Lima, Peru. Data was collected from 600 potential adult ISIL students to investigate habits and attitudes towards Online Distance Learning (ODL). The majority of respondents expressed a preference for attendance-based education over ODL, and no direct correlation was found between Internet use and positive ODL attitudes. ODL was viewed most positively by working people over 24 years old. This group revealed a functionalist approach to learning, viewing ODL as a time-effective way to acquire the knowledge necessary to undertake a specific function or task. The fact that a significant amount of people in the research group were hesitant or unwilling to try ODL, regardless of connectivity and access, indicates a need for further study regarding e-learning motivation. Concepts of the UTAUT model were used to highlight some of the findings.