ERIC Number: ED316714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
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Using Computers To Provide Distance Learning, the New Technology.
Foell, Nelson A.
This study assessed the effect of an alternative delivery system using microcomputers. All 19 students enrolled in the University of Georgia's off-campus curriculum development course were assigned to the experimental group, and all 16 students taking the same course on campus were assigned to the control group. All students were vocational teachers in secondary, postsecondary, and correctional institutions. None of the experimental group students used microcomputers for communications, and 14 had never used computers before. Five of the group owned computers, and the rest were loaned computers for the study. Both groups received competency-based instructional modules with a packet of supplementary references materials. The control group met 12 times, was instructed in the conventional mode, and completed assignments in the traditional manner. The experimental group was instructed on how to use the computer for communications and attended six regular classes to receive additional instructional materials. At the end of the course, 48 percent of the experimental group were in favor of taking courses by microcomputer and 37 percent were undecided. Three students who were opposed were among those who had no prior experience with computers. The cost of providing an off-campus microcomputer course was 34 percent less than via the traditional delivery system. Data showed no significant differences in student perceptions of instructor effectiveness, midterm scores, and final exam scores between students in the control and experimental groups. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (Orlando, FL, December 1989).