ERIC Number: ED393509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Students Near and Far: Differences in Perceptions of Community College Students Taking Interactive Television Classes at Origination and Remote Sites.
Sorensen, Christine K.
In 1992, the state of Iowa received the first of three grants to implement courses using the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), a fiber optic network that delivers live, full-motion instruction allowing two-way interaction between students and instructors. To evaluate the effectiveness of the ICN courses, surveys were distributed to 326 students in 22 summer courses at 8 community colleges to determine their perceptions related to technical aspects, sense of belonging in the course, instruction, course management, and overall satisfaction. Responses were received from 210 students in 18 courses, representing 58% of the courses taught over the ICN during summer 1994. Study findings included the following: (1) 97% of the respondents indicated that they had no trouble getting access to the classroom, while 93% agreed that the instructor paid attention to remote site students; (2) 90% stated that they felt that they were part of the class; (3) 88% indicated that, overall, they were satisfied with the course, while 87% indicated that they would take another interactive television class; and (4) remote site students appeared to be less satisfied than students at the origination site, with 11 survey items receiving negative responses by more than 25% of the remote respondents and only 3 items receiving such ratings by origination students. Recommendations for program improvement are included. Contains 28 references. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Iowa Communications Network