School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Shante Moore-Austin


Online Learning, Post-Secondary Education, Reading, Self-Efficacy


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Online and Distance Education


The convenience of online programs has revolutionized education to make it available for more people interested in seeking to further their education. Students enrolling into various online, higher education programs have different aptitudes and factors that play a role in their experiences and successful completion of the program. The study aims to determine relationships between factors that may influence the students’ attitudes towards online programs. The factors include reading self-efficacy, ethnicity, and the age of the college students. The present study examines these relationships between self-reported self-efficacy, ethnicity, and age, as related to attitudes toward online learning. The participants consisted of 295 post-secondary students enrolled in online courses. Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze the data and determine which variables had the greatest amount of impact on the students’ attitudes toward online learning. The analysis of the data found a significant relationship between reading self-efficacy and a student’s attitude toward online learning. No statistically significant evidence was found for the relationships between age and ethnicity