ERIC Number: ED256293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-25
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting the Distance Learner with Computer Teleconferencing.
Haile, Penelope J.; Richards, Angela J.
A study was conducted of the use of a computer teleconferencing system developed by Participation Systems Inc. (nicknamed PARTI) as enhancement for two independent study credit courses in the behavioral sciences, Introduction to Effective Communication and Introductory Psychology. An earlier study in the spring and summer of 1983 had tested the efficacy of electronic mail as the delivery system for independent study courses, and found it to be an effective alternative to print-mode independent study. Results of various evaluations of the computer conferencing implemented in March 1984 indicate that the use of teleconferencing courses positively affects both the quality of the educational experience, and the attitudes and motivational levels of the students. Monitoring of the teleconferencing messages indicated that 90% of the students made substantial use of the system. The completion rates for the classes were comparable to the same courses taken in the traditional format, and better than the rates for the conventional independent study courses. Eight references are listed, and an appendix provides a brief description of computer conferences and the Participation (PARTI) system. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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