Waikato Journal of Education


Reasons distance students seek online study options include pursuing subjects of interest, taking subjects not available to them locally, or gaining a qualification from an institution of specialisation or reputation. However, when students travel to another country for study, what prompts these students to elect to study online? International students in New Zealand have the opportunity to study online through most tertiary institutions. This paper reports on a research project investigating Chinese graduate students' experience of learning online while in New Zealand, and the impact of culture on their learning. This study highlights the benefits of particular aspects of instructional design and makes recommendations to help eEducation educators maximise the benefits of online learning for international students.

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