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This study aimed at assessing the students' perceptions about the online learning environment in two b-learning courses in a Portuguese private University. An learning environment, supported on two communication platforms - Moodle for asynchronous interaction and Cisco WebEx for synchronous interaction - was developed for two Information Systems first cycle classes; the institution had no previous experience of eLearning solutions and the course was based on student centred methodologies. A research on the critical factors of a b-learning solution was carried out through a survey. The results indicate that the students have positive perceptions about the online learning environment. There was a strong correlation between the variables related to the learning environment and feedback, interaction, time management and readiness for online learning. A preponderant majority of students (83.3%) indicated that, in the future, they would be willing to opt for a b-learning instructional solution. The research will develop by using a larger students' sample and by surveying the faculty perceptions on the development of eLearning methodologies, in order to provide the most suitable learning methodologies to the institution's development.
Date of Conference: 20-23 June 2012