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International Journal of Information Technology & Computer Science ( IJITCS )

Abstract :

 In review of e-learning literature, we found plenty of studies focus on motivation of e-learners but few studies examined the factors negatively influence on learners’ attitude and behaviors. To respond this need,  this study proposes three-component anxiety, namely trait anxiety, social anxiety and computer anxiety to examine their effects on learners’ attitude and their learning behaviors. Our findings show that three-component anxiety has significantly direct effect on attitude toward e-learning communities and indirect effect on learning behaviors. The moderating effect of gender is also examined, the findings show computer anxiety is the strongest factor in male group and social anxiety is the strongest factor in female group. Implications are proposed in the final section..

Keywords :

: CMC anxiety; Trait anxiety; Social anxiety; Computer anxiety; Online learning; elearning community

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