Because the results of the pilot study indicated that the length of the

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answered. Because the results of the pilot study indicated that the length of the questionnaire was too long, I decided to omit some of the questions that were not critical to the process of finding answers to the main research questions. I was then left with a new version of the questionnaire, and used that version for all the participants. (Only a few questions, such as the ones relating to cellular phones in parts A to C, were deleted from the online version.) Because MSLQ is a well-tested and proven assessment tool for acquiring information about the motivation and learning strategies of students, it is ideal diagnostic tool for faculties who wish to understand how best to improve student learning (Duncan and McKeachie, 2005, p. 117). Since the MSLQ was based on a social-cognitive view of motivation and learning strategies, it conceptualizes students as active processors of information whose beliefs and cognitions mediate important instructional input and task characteristics. Because the
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Rahimi, F. (2010), ICT, UL 113 social-cognitive theoretical framework on which the MSLQ is based assumes that motivation and learning strategies are not inherent traits that the learner possesses, it makes the assumption that motivation is dynamic and context- dependent and that effective learning strategies can therefore be learned by students (McKeachie, 2005, p.117). MSLQ has been extensively tested in numerous research studies since the early 1990s when it was first devised. It has been validated by means of factor analyses, reliability analyses, and correlations with measures of achievement (Lynch and Dembo, 2004, p. 8, Pintrich, Smith, Garcia, and McKeachie, 1991). It was especially designed and developed for measuring the motivational orientation of college (i.e. university) students. It should be noted that MSLQ is typically used to evaluate students’ motivational and cognitive orientations towards a particular course. In this study, I have extended the scope of what MSLQ measures and broadened it so that it includes the entire educational experience of a student at university. I have accomplished this by interpreting the questions that relate to a particular subject as being relevant to the whole degree course for which a student has registered. The limitation inherent in this approach is that a student might well have one set of orientations towards one subject while having a very different set towards another subject. Parts A-C were developed by C. Brown and L Czemiewicz of the University of Cape Town as part of a national initiative to measure access and use of ICT for teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa. This questionnaire, with the exception a few questions, that would have made the process too long and irrelevant, was used in its entirety. Research question were focused on four different categories- culture, motivation, technology and institutional changes.
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