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IJIET 2017 Vol.7(1): 53-59 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2017.7.1.841

Foresight e-Learning Platforms: Insights from a Thai Survey

Poonsri Vate-U-Lan

Abstract—Instant messaging applications on electronic devices such as smart phones and tablet computers is reshaping communication around the globe. This phenomenon is arguably destined to lead to a conduit of prominence and dominance for e-learning delivery. The first objective underpinning this paper was to investigate the behaviour of Thai internet users through data obtained from an extensive online self-administered survey. The second focus was to investigate the level of compliance specifically relating to the internet users’ acknowledgement of the “terms of service” which precludes children under thirteen being members or participating. The results that were obtained from 819 survey respondents reinforced the consensus that there was a disturbing misuse of social network applications on mobile devices in particular in terms of overuse. Among the participants, 61.4 per cent were female. Persons aged 11-20 years were the most prominent group of participants (36.4%). Persons aged 21-30 years represented 23.9 per cent with the remaining group being over 30 years of age (39.7%). Urban and rural respondents were almost balanced (52% and 48% respectively). The findings reconfirmed that surfing social networks was the most popular mobile phone activity for both female and male respondents. This research showed that less than one out of four (23.9%) of Thai internet users knew that a child under 13 was not allowed to apply for a Facebook account. Interestingly, the younger users under the age of 13 years knew that it was illegal to be social network members but the older users were unaware of this regulation. The inconsistencies between each demographic group will be discussed in detail. The research findings reflect numerous and significant complexities that may impact on the digital learning of Thai citizens from numerous perspectives.

Index Terms—Behavior of Thai internet users, e-learning platform, internet activities, mobile devices, online survey, social networking.

Poonsri Vate-U-Lan is with Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail: poonsri.vate@gmail.com).


Cite: Poonsri Vate-U-Lan, "Foresight e-Learning Platforms: Insights from a Thai Survey," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 53-59, 2017.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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