Internet self-efficacy, the belief in one's capabilities to organize and execute courses of action on the Internet,is
a potentially important factor in efforts to close the digital divide that separates experienced Internet users from novices.
Students using school media labs were found to be
visiting .com sites at a much higher rate than those in other domains. Although students reported their purpose for using the WWW as "research and
learning" 52% of the time, education experts found only 27% of the sites visited by the students were "suitable" for that purpose.
What are children really looking at on the Web? What's the real reason behind the so-called "Digital Divide"? Are email surveys really better than snail mail?
Are cyberspace communities real? What determines workers' media choices? The authors look for answers to these
The authors examine perceptions of written, telephone, and e-mail channels from six perspectives: social information
processing, decision making, cost minimization, social presence, uncertainty reduction, and appraisal.
Interviews conducted over a year
with seventeen distance learners enrolled in a graduate program reveal the importance of community and its role in supporting them in their "different kind of world."