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ERIC Number: ED348982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Distance Learning: A Study of Computer Modem Students.
Richards, Irving; And Others
Since distance learning via computer/modem is a relatively new concept, little is known about the students in computer/modem classes. This paper investigated computer/modem college students' backgrounds, ages, interests, reasons for enrollment, grades, and course completion rates as compared to traditional students. In the study there were 167 students in 8 sections of computer/modem English and Marketing at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, for the spring, summer, fall, and winter 1990-92 quarters. Instruction was solely via computer/modem through an electronic bulletin board. Statistics on the 127 students who responded to the questionnaire revealed that neither distance from campus nor time of day influenced their interaction and instruction. The typical student was female, unmarried, and native born. A large number (41%) had a grade point average above 2.5. Most (56%) had successfully completed 20 quarter hours or more. A large group (43%) were in transfer programs, worked, and attended college part time. Many (46%) were non-white. The largest group (62%) accessed their computer/modem from home and had some prior computer experience. A copy of the questionnaire is provided and 17 tables display the data. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cuyahoga Community College OH; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).