ERIC Number: ED159964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Introductory Psychology (Second Offering). Course Evaluation Report.
Sell, G. Roger
The second phase of field testing for an Introductory Psychology course offered in the regional open learning program of the University of Mid-America is reported. Learner characteristics and learner evaluations of the instructional units are compared with findings from the first course offering. Throughout the paper, learner comments are inserted to help explain and enrich the quantitative data summaries. The paper ends with a set of suggestions from learners for improvement of Introductory Psychology as it was offered through the State University of Nebraska (SUN). Findings include the following: (1) Learners may represent kinds of people not adequately served through traditional postsecondary institutions; (2) the sampling procedure for unit evaluation during the second delivery did not produce as high a return rate as the first delivery; (3) the study guide appears to have enough detailed instructions to guide learners adequately through the course; (4) the television programs were criticized generally for their lack of overlap with the text material; (5) the newspaper component was not highly endorsed or highly criticized by enrolled learners; (6) trial tests received outstanding support for their value in preparing learners for graded exams; and (7) the Course-at-a-Glance gave enrolled learners a ready reference for telecast dates, exam sequence, and text reading assignments. Learner responses and data summaries are appended. (LBH)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Course Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Educational Television, Higher Education, Independent Study, Institutional Research, Instructional Materials, Nontraditional Students, Open Education, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Research Projects, Student Attitudes, Telecourses, Television Curriculum, Television Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Mid-America, Lincoln, NE.