This research investigates the effectiveness of using a technology-centric flexible learning environment to teach a tertiary level introductory information systems course. The subjects for the study were students who were enrolled in two similar courses: 1) a group using traditional teaching and learning methods only, and 2) a group using a flexible learning approach incorporating extensive use of web technology. The course content, lecturer, textbook and assessment were the same for each group. The results show that there were significant differences in academic performance between the two student cohorts. Student tertiary entrance scores and computer playfulness were also identified as important predictors of academic performance.