ERIC Number: ED320554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Telecourse Effectiveness: A Research-Review Update.
This review of the research literature on the effectiveness of telecourses covers the period from summer 1986 through fall 1989. The major findings are as follows: (1) in general, based on course grades or pre- and posttest measurements of learning, student opinion, and faculty opinion, telecourses have been found to be as effective as conventional, face-to-face courses; (2) telecourses are superior to correspondence courses; (3) although telecourses do not allow the frequent and spontaneous interaction with faculty and other students that is possible in conventional classrooms, their utilization has facilitated major improvements in the convenience of access; and (4) when well produced, telecourses impose a discipline and organizational rigor on instructors that is not required in the looser structure of the conventional classroom. It is concluded that the major issue with telecourses is not whether or not they are as effective as face-to-face courses per se, but whether telecourses are skillfully planned and delivered, with the same attention to pedagogical and organizational issues that is essential in planning and delivering a conventional course. (38 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Sponsor: Washington State Board for Community Coll. Education, Olympia.
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