Fontenot, Mathisen, Carley & Stuart

Predictors of Enrolling in Online Courses: An Exploratory Study of Students in Undergraduate Marketing Courses

Renée J. Fontenot, Georgia College, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA
Richard E. Mathisen, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
Susan S. Carley, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
Randy S. Stuart, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA


An exploratory study of undergraduate students enrolled in marketing courses at a Southeastern regional university was conducted to determine the motivations and characteristics of marketing students who plan to be online learners and examined for differences between those who have taken and those who have not taken online classes. An online survey of Likert scales, open-ended questions and demographic questions was sent via class learning management websites. A total of 165 students of the 438 invited to participate completed the survey. A structural model was developed using SMART-PLS to estimate the relationships of constructs that predict taking online courses. Results of the study showed differences in predictors of those that have taken online courses compared to those who plan on taking online courses. A significant predictor of those planning on taking online courses is quality of learning while a significant predictor of those who have taken online courses is scheduling and timing. The results can be used to examine ways to improve/enhance the student’s educational experience, as well as an institution’s effectiveness in attracting the growing body of online learners.


Online learners; face-to-face learning; student interactions; learning environments; undergraduate marketing

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