ERIC Number: ED311980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learners: Howard Community College's Fiscal Year 1989 Telecourse Students. Research Report Number 62.
Livieratos, Barbara B.
In fiscal year (FY) 1989, students enrolled in telecourses at Howard Community College (HCC) were surveyed at the end of each semester to determine their enrollment patterns, goals, sources of information about telecourses, reasons for enrolling in and satisfaction with the course, interest in computer-based distance learning, and personal characteristics. During FY89, 699 students enrolled in 27 telecourses at HCC. Survey responses from 448 of these students revealed the following: (1) the typical telecourse survey respondent was a 32-year-old white female with a high school diploma or higher and a full-time job during the semester in which the telecourse was taken; (2) 50% of the fall students, 42% of the spring students, and 28% of the summer students had taken previous telecourses at HCC; (3) during fall and spring, 36% and 34% of the students were concurrently taking evening classes at HCC; (4) 49% of the students were taking the telecourse to transfer to a four-year college; (5) 60.8% were interested in using a microcomputer to take tests or communicate with their instructor; (6) 39.6% had used the library's copies of the telecourse tapes; and (7) the top three reasons for enrolling in a telecourse were lack of time for regular courses, being able to combine college and family responsibilities, and minimizing travel. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office of Research and Planning.