ERIC Number: ED315038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Learning in a Virtual Classroom. A Virtual Classroom on EIES: Final Evaluation Report. Volume 1.
Hiltz, Starr Roxanne
This first volume of a two-volume report describes a project at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) which assessed the effectiveness of a Virtual Classroom (VC) in which students and teachers communicate through a computer-mediated system called the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES). Chapter 1 provides background on project goals, learning in the VC, educational technology and effectiveness, software, a theoretical framework, and outcomes to be measured. A discussion of methodology, covering target courses and subjects, experimental design, evaluation, measurement, and data analysis is presented in Chapter 2. The next chapter deals with implementation problems related to student recruiting, equipment, software, resistance to collaborative learning, electronic pranks, and experimental controls. Chapter 4 describes student perceptions of the VC based on pre- and post-course questionnaires. Differences in course outcomes as affected by mode of delivery (completely online, mixed, or face-to-face) are discussed in Chapter 5, while Chapter 6 looks at the effects of student attitudes, attributes, behavior, and access conditions on outcomes. Findings are summarized in the final chapter. Appendixes include: (1) the baseline questionnaire for students, with frequency distributions; (2) the post-course questionnaire for students, with frequency distributions; (3) the questionnaire for students who dropped the course, with frequency distributions; (4) the guide for interviews with students; and (5) interview transcripts. (90 references) (MES)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Computer Software, Distance Education, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermode Differences, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Telecommunications
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Computerized Conferencing and Communications Center, 323 King Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Inst. of Technology, Newark.