Service quality for continuing higher education in online learning environments

Jesús Enrique Quijano-Caicedo, Sandra Patricia Rojas-Berrio, Óscar Javier Robayo-Pinzón

Resumen


This paper aims to identify the factors that influence the perceived quality of service for continuing higher education in online learning environments. To that end, a quantitative descriptive study, which was applied to 4,735 students in continuing higher education courses, who were given a self-administered scale online. The instrument was constructed considering the following factors: teaching skills, teachers' attitudes and behavior, administrative and support team, the navigation platform, curricula, and the organization of courses for continuing education. The results show that the scale of perceived service quality for continuing virtual education from the students' perspective is a two-dimensional construct. The first factor includes administrative support, content, educational aspects, and the interface, which constitute virtual education facilitators. The second factor involves the teaching skills necessary to guide a online learning course. The findings contribute to decisions in the management and development of continuing online learning, whose growing demand warrants a review of ways to satisfy users, allowing the modality to be viewed with a more positive perception.

Palabras clave


Service quality; continuing education; higher education; online learning environments;

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