A learner perspective on barriers to e-learning

Karen L. Becker, Cameron J. Newton, Sukanlaya Sawang

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This study aims to identify and categorize barriers to e-learning adoption and the relative impact of those barriers on learners. It contributes to the understanding of learner perceptions of barriers, the different types of barriers and their relative importance. This study used a quantitative methodology grounded in previous literature. The study is based on a self-administered questionnaire conducted with employees in a rail organisation. This research demonstrates there are three key factors that represent barriers to e-learning: the nature of e-learning as a learning approach, the use of technology, and concerns about lack of time and potential interruptions when trying to complete e-learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-233
Number of pages23
JournalAustralian Journal of Adult Learning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • e-learning
  • learning barriers
  • learning technologies
  • e-learning adoption


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