Subject Site Usability to Student Well-Being and Burnout–Understanding the Pathway


A considerable amount of research has been conducted to learn about various factors contributing to student well-being and burnout, but there have been few studies that considered both individual and external factors together in understanding these in the context of online and blended learning. A moderated mediation model is used to understand the relationship between usability of E-learning sites with burnout and wellbeing through self-control (SC), conscientiousness (C), and self-efficacy (SE) across learning modes- online and blended, among a sample of university students (N = 142). The participants completed an online survey hosted on Qualtrics and completed Conscientious subscales of the Big Five Inventory, Brief Self-Control Scale (B-SCS), General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE), E-Learning Usability Scale for Higher Education (ELUSH), Satisfaction with life scale (SWLS) and Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI-student version), which provides scores on two scales, “exhaustion” and “disengagement”. Overall usability of E-learning sites was significantly associated with disengagement but not exhaustion. The mediation effect of self-control on association between site usability and two indicators of burnout (exhaustion and disengagement) was moderated by conscientiousness. No significant differences were observed for burnout and well-being scores across different learning modes. The study highlights the importance of usability of subject sites in preventing burnout thereby increasing learner well-being and has implications for the learning and teaching processes in schools and institutions.

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Jagdeep Kaur Sabharwal, James Cook University, Singapore
Emmeline Mei Yi See, James Cook University, Singapore
Rui Min Lim, James Cook University, Singapore
Shailey Chawla, James Cook University, Singapore
Adrian Norman, James Cook University, Australia

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Conference: SEACE2023
Stream: Higher education

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Sabharwal J., See E., Lim R., Chawla S., & Norman A. (2023) Subject Site Usability to Student Well-Being and Burnout–Understanding the Pathway ISSN: 2435-5240 The Southeast Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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