ERIC Number: ED224430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Listening and Learning: Audio Cassettes at Deakin University.
Gough, J. E.
Student attitudes about using audio cassettes in the course "Images of Man" at Deakin University, Australia, were evaluated in 1979. A total of 192 off-campus and 39 on-campus students responded to a mail questionnaire. Responses indicate the following: students stopped cassettes to take a break and to replay sections; 70 percent listened to cassettes while doing a routine chore, and about 75 percent usually listened when they were free of interruptions; students did not always use the programs at the appropriate time and delayed their listening; some students desired program transcripts; women were much more likely to listen to cassettes when free of interruptions and when doing chores, and to feel that the voice on cassettes helped to overcome the isolation felt by being off-campus students; distance from campus did not seem to interact with the cassettes' role in lessening feelings of isolation or in keeping students working on the course; off-campus students seemed to enjoy cassettes more than did on-campus students, were more concerned to build them into their study programs, and were more accepting of the shortcomings of programs in content but more critical of production and technical shortcomings; the main dissatisfaction of on-campus students was not being provided with their own copies of audio cassettes as were off-campus students. It is concluded that a high proportion of students used and highly valued audio cassettes supplied as part of their teaching materials, and that more guidance should be given to students to improve their skills in using tapes effectively. Some student comments are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Audiotape Cassettes, College Students, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Instructional Materials, Listening Habits, Nontraditional Education, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Study Habits, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deakin University (Australia); Distance Education