Which Are the Determinants of Online Students’ Efficiency in Higher Education?

  • David Castillo-Merino
  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
  • Inés González-González
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)


International literature shows that the positive effect on students performance from the adoption of innovations in the technology of teaching and learning do not affect all teaching methods and learning styles equally, as it depends on university strategy and policy towards Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adoption, students abilities, technology uses in the educational process by teachers and students, or the selection of a methodology that matches with digital uses. This paper provides empirical answers to these questions with data from online students at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). An empirical model based on structural equations has been defined to explain complex relationships between variables. Our results show that motivation is the main variable affecting online students’ performance. It appears as a latent variable influenced by students’ perception of efficiency, a driver for indirect positive and significant effect on students’ performance from students’ ability in ICT uses.


Efficiency in Higher Education Students performance E-learning Structural Equations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Castillo-Merino
    • 1
  • Enric Serradell-Lopez
    • 1
  • Inés González-González
    • 1
  1. 1.Business and Economics DepartmentOpen University of CataloniaBarcelonaSpain

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