Technological Barriers to Successful eLearning in Computer Science
Edith Cowan University
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science
In an attempt to provide educational opportunities for students who are working or who are located at a distance, many universities and schools have developed wholly online distance education programs. These online courses use web technology as a distributed learning mechanism. However, online distance learning in Computer Science courses remains challenging for both teachers and students. Research has shown that there is a significant risk for student success and retention in online courses in Computer Science. Thus course developers and teachers need to be aware of the particular needs of Computer Science students when establishing online courses, if they wish to graduate successful and satisfied students. This paper aims to identify the technological barriers to effective teaching of Computer Science topics in an online environment from the perspective of teachers and learners.