ERIC Number: ED344266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Information Transfer and Nonverbal Immediacy as Primary Predictors of Learning and Satisfaction in the Televised Course.
Walker, Kim B.; Hackman, Michael Z.
A study examined which factors of telecommunication system design and instructor style had the greatest impact on student perceptions of learning and satisfaction with televised instruction. Surveys were completed by 164 adult learners evaluating over 20 courses taken via two-way, multi-camera, telecommunications systems. Results showed that "amount of information received" was the single greatest contributor to perceived learning and satisfaction. Stepwise hierarchical results suggest that design of tele-education courses and systems should focus on how students acquire information from this technology. Results indicated that instructor nonverbal behaviors and audio and video transmission also contributed significantly to learning and satisfaction. Results also showed less significant, yet positive, effects for the ability and ease of asking questions during telecourses. Results indicated clearly that direct face-to-face contact with instructors, and interpersonal rapport with other class participants, were less important than the amount of information transmitted in distance education courses. (Four tables of data are included; 29 references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Immediacy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).