ERIC Number: ED264825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Annenberg/CPB Project: A Study of Telecourse Students (Executive Summary) [and] Telecourse Student Survey, 1984.
Brey, Ronald; Grigsby, Charles
To determine demographic characteristics of students enrolled in a variety of telecourses and some of the factors that led to their enrollment, the Annenberg/CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) Project funded a study in which 8,000 students enrolled in 42 telecourses were surveyed during the spring of 1984. Data from the study were tabulated by state, course type, and selected individual courses, and were subjected to a variety of other analyses. The survey posed 16 questions to telecourse students to elicit information on their personal characteristics and reasons for involvement with telecourses. An important finding of the survey was that telecourse students differ from on-campus students in several important characteristics: (1) telecourse students are more likely to be women, to have dependents at home, and to be employed; (2) telecourse students have a wide variety of educational backgrounds; (3) 20% of the telecourse students were enrolled for the first time in the college where they were taking the course and about the same proportion were enrolled only in the telecourse; and (4) 20% had earned an associate's degree. Additional findings indicate that more than half of the telecourse students reported enrolling because on-campus sections did not fit into their schedules; 85% of the students view the video programs at home; and the most important marketing tool for attracting on-campus students was the college's semester class schedule. Individual course comparisons, study methodology, cross-tabulations, telecourses included in the survey, participating colleges, and the questionnaire are presented in the student survey report that accompanies the executive summary. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A Project of the Instructional Telecommunications Consortium, American Association of Community and Junior Colleges funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project. For related documents, see IR 011 905-907.