Analysis of Success Indicators in Online Learning

  • Ermira Idrizi Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Sonja Filiposka Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia
  • Vladimir Trajkovijk Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia
Keywords: online education, character traits, learning styles, academic success, gender


This article examines the impact of personality traits, learning styles, gender, and online course factors (course difficulty, group affiliation, provided materials, etc.) in the academic success of students taking online courses and their overall success rate through traditional classes. Students’ performance in the online learning environment is still a new perception, and a fair numbers of details are still unknown, in stark contrast to the details known in regard to traditional learning methods. Different types of learners respond differently to online and traditional courses. A case study was performed in which students were asked to attend two online courses, with different difficulty levels, during one semester. One-way analysis of variance was used to determine which factors are significant for the academic performance of students taking online courses, as well as for their overall academic success. Findings from the case study indicate that female students score slightly better, course difficulty has impact on test results, emotional students are more susceptible to online environments, and learning styles are more difficult to identify in online classes.

Author Biographies

Ermira Idrizi, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Ermira Idrizi obtained her B.S degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 2009 at the South East European University in Tetovo, and M.SC in 2014 in Business Informatics. She has been working in the field of IT in the education sector, with different levels of pupils and students'. Now she is an assistant professor at the South East European University, and currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Computer Science, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Her field of research is online learning, MOOCS, Digital Competency of students' and teachers and has authored some research papers related to these fields.

Sonja Filiposka, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Sonja Filiposka obtained her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 she has been actively taking part in a number of research projects related to e-infrastructure, networking and ICT education. After obtaining her PhD in Technical Sciences in 2009 she teaches Computer Science at the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Engineering where she currently holds the position of full professor. During her professional carrier she has authored over 100 research papers published in conference proceedings and journals. Her main research fields of interest include e-services, orchestration of systems, complex networking and security.

Vladimir Trajkovijk, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Vladimir Trajkovik is a full professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Since obtaining his PhD in 2003 from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies he has been actively taking part in a more than 50 research projects related to novel ICT services in e-government, healthcare and ICT in education.  He has co-founded three companies and two NGOs. During his professional carrier, he has authored over 200 research papers published in conference proceedings and journals. His main research fields of interest include e-government, connected health and ICT in education.


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How to Cite
Idrizi, E., Filiposka, S., & Trajkovijk, V. (2021). Analysis of Success Indicators in Online Learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 22(2), 205-223.
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