Assessing the relationship of student-instructor and student-student interaction to student learning and satisfaction in Web-based Online Learning Environment

Ali Sher
George Mason University, RAK Campus, UAE


This study shows the importance of interaction to student learning within Web-based online learning programs. The population of this study was students enrolled in multiple academic disciplines at a private university in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. A Web-based research instrument was designed to assess students’ characteristics, their perceptions of learning, satisfaction, student-to-student interactions and student-to-instructor interactions. Regression analyses were employed to analyze the relationship of interaction variables with student learning and satisfaction. Student-instructor interaction and student-student interaction were found to be significant contributors of student learning and satisfaction.

About the Author(s)...

Ali Sher works as an Assistant Professor of Business at the George Mason University, RAK campus, UAE and teaches business administration courses there. He earned his doctorate in 2004 from George Washington University. His research interests include management education, online learning, and e-commerce. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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