ERIC Number: ED327256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Findings from the Fiscal Year 1990 Survey of Telecourse Students. Research Report Number 68.
Livieratos, Barbara B.
During each semester of fiscal year (FY) 1990, a survey was conducted of enrollees in telecourses at Howard Community College. The purpose of the study was to assist program planners in understanding the motivations, enrollment and viewing patterns, demographics, and goals of students who enroll in telecourses. Survey responses were obtained from 53% of the 731 students enrolled in telecourses in FY 1990, although not all classes were surveyed and no efforts were made to obtain a random sample. Where relevant, comparisons were made with survey responses from FY 1989. Study findings included the following: (1) a majority of respondents to the telecourse survey were either female (73%), under age 30 (57%), white (82%), or employed full-time (73%); (2) over half of telecourse enrollees each semester were new to the concept of telecourses, and over half were taking other courses at the time; (3) 52% of the respondents indicated that their primary goal in taking a telecourse was to earn credits to transfer to a four-year institution; (4) 96% had a video cassette recorder at home, and 56% used it to record classes; (5) 64% said they would be interested in using a modem to communicate with their on-campus instructor; (6) a majority of enrollees expressed a high degree of satisfaction with the courses and indicated they would enroll in another telecourse; and (7) as was true in FY 1989, the "presentation of material" category received the lowest overall satisfaction rating by respondents. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Course Selection (Students), Distance Education, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Participant Satisfaction, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Telecourses, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.