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Test and Analysis of Website Response Time of e-Learning Institutions in China

BAO Riqin ( Quzhou Radio and TV University, Quzhou 324000, China)  
Simulating the independent study of online distance learners and testing the website capacity with the software of Web-CT 4.0, the researcher has made a test of website response time of e-Learning institutions in China. Meanwhile, the test data has also been processed with the software of SPSS. The results concludes: (1)in 2005 , China's e-Learning institutions websites' performance got much better, with the proportion of superior-performance websites rising from 1/3 in early 2005 to 2/3 in early 2006. (2)As a result, learners have been more satisfied with website services. (3)However, there is great difference among the performance of websites, with 15% of websites still performing badly or even worse. In terms of geographical location, there is an uneven distribution, with Shanghai, Beijing and Hubei having higher website performance and the northeastern areas and Shaanxi having lower one. The findings indicate that learning support of some distance education institutions is inefficient . The author suggests that learning support should be standardized as soon as possible and its efficiency should be raised as well.
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