Abstract

American universities are thought to be ahead of universities in Europe in terms of use of the Internet for students’ learning processes. This study with a total of 893 participants in the US and in Germany investigates the use and the perception of the Internet for educational purposes with a special focus on three learning scenarios, instructional, collaborative, and autonomous. The study confirms the more extended use and the better perception of the Internet in the US. It outlines several explanatory factors and concludes with the need for further investigations regarding the reasons behind this too easily accepted well-known trend.

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