ERIC Number: ED171336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: N/A
Telecourses: A Nonconventional Approach to Education.
Donsky, Aaron; And Others
The same introductory business course was presented by Lakeland Community College as a telecourse, broadcast during the day and evening; as a day course on campus; and as an evening course off campus. Students in all three classes were surveyed to determine their characteristics and attitudes toward the course. Telecourse students were overwhelmingly supportive of the format, preferring it to traditional course design. With regard to their characteristics, telecourse students were more similar to part-time evening students than to full-time day students, though they tended to be older than either of the other groups. Compared to day students, a lower percentage of telecourse students were taking an additional course, a higher percentage were employed full-time, and a much higher percentage were less than full-time students. Evidence indicated that if the telecourse had not been offered, telecourse students, who stressed the convenience of the format, would not have taken the evening course at Lakeland. More telecourse students felt that they had learned a lot from their course than did the other students, and more indicated that they would recommend the course to a friend. The students in all groups indicated that they had expended the same amount of effort in the course. As a whole, the telecourse group had a higher class grade point average and scored higher on the tests than the other groups. The questionnaire is appended. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lakeland Community Coll., Mentor, OH.