ERIC Number: ED368337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: 0
Delivery System Preferences of Nontraditional Learners.
Hodes, Carol L.
Developers of distance education courses need to determine the best and most efficient delivery systems. Traditional print-based correspondence courses are thought to prevail in the technological age because of inertia of administrators and instructions, but it is important to know the preferences of the adult learners who are the usual nontraditional consumers of such courses. The 26 subjects in this study were students in a for-credit correspondence course that is an upper-level elective for bachelor's degree candidates. They responded to a 7-item Likert scale asking about media preferences for distance education and attitudes toward correspondence courses. There was strong agreement that the print-based course is more convenient than a traditional classroom course or computer-based courses. Preference for print course formats was also obvious compared with computer-network, floppy disk, and videotape formats. Because the subjects were all technical professionals, fear or anxiety about computers was not thought to be a confounding influence. Learner preference and technology gaps will keep the print-medium course in use for some time to come. (Contains 14 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Bachelors Degrees, College Students, Computer Anxiety, Computer Assisted Instruction, Correspondence Study, Degree Requirements, Delivery Systems, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Intermode Differences, Likert Scales, Media Selection, Nontraditional Education, Professional Development, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Preference Data; Print Media
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Global Awareness Society (2nd, New York, NY, July 1993).