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ERIC Number: ED154851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-10
Pages: 16
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Telecourse Students: How Well Do They Learn?
Purdy, Leslie
One question has dominated the research on televised instruction for many years: how well does it compare to on-campus, face-to-face instruction? The overall results of such studies show that broadcast instruction works; either no difference is found in comparative studies or televised course students are found to have a higher achievement rate than campus-based students. What is important now is for research to begin to distinguish among types of TV courses, factors that increase achievement and completion, and types of students most likely to succeed in TV courses. Two generalizations seem to hold true at present. First, coordinated instructional systems are more effective than simple broadcast courses using uncoordinated components. TV program, textbook, study guide, and exams must all be designed to serve the same instructional objectives. Second, the way the course is offered, the amount and type of support services, is just as important to achievement and completion as the course design. The degree of student involvement and the frequency and type of feedback are particularly crucial. Future research should look at the effect of different video treatments, the attention span and concentration ability of adult viewers, and the content of TV courses. (A 28-item bibliography is appended.) (BB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (58th, Atlanta, Georgia, April 9-12, 1978)