Comparing e-Learning tools' success: The case of instructor-student interactive vs. self-paced tools

Po An J. Hsieh, Wing Sing Cho

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e-Learning tools have profoundly transformed modern pedagogical approaches. Vendors provide different types of systems, such as self-paced (SP) and instructor-student interactive (ISI) e-Learning tools. Although both types of tools represent promising solutions to facilitate the learning process, it is important to theoretically identify a framework to evaluate the success of these tools and assess whether one type of tool is more effective than another. Toward this end, we (1) propose a model to evaluate e-Learning tools' success by extending and contextualizing Seddon's information systems (IS) success model for the e-Learning environment and (2) formulate four hypotheses to predict the differences in the success factors between SP and ISI tools. We test the model and hypotheses using data from 783 students across seven higher education institutions in Hong Kong. The results support the proposed e-Learning tool success model and three of the four hypotheses. ISI tools outperform SP tools in terms of system quality, perceived usefulness, satisfaction, and learning outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2025-2038
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


  • e-Learning tool
  • IS success model
  • Media richness
  • Multi-group comparison

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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