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ERIC Number: ED345716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 13
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IITS Students' Evaluation Questionnaire for the Fall Semester of 1991. A Summary and Report.
Jones, Ted
A mail survey of students enrolled in distance education classes in library science and health education and promotion was conducted after the courses were first offered in the fall semester of 1991. The 77-item questionnaire explored attitudes, opinions, and preferences relating to the Intercampus, Interactive Telecommunications System (IITS), the two-way audio/video communication technology that links classrooms at University of Alabama campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. At the end of the questionnaire, students were invited to include personal comments. Seven factor dimensions resulted when related questionnaire items were combined; these were: Instructional Administration, Teacher, Room Coordinator, Course Judgment, Empathy, Motivation and Accomplishment, and Video Technology. Students found that classes were generally well-organized and fair in testing procedures. They showed quite a positive regard for their teachers, noting instructors' interest in the topic, professionalism, and expertise to be outstanding. In addition, students were satisfied with the way the room coordinators cooperated with teachers and operated the equipment. Participants thought they learned at least as much in their IITS class as they did in a regular classroom; they also were more likely to have positive feelings toward their distance education course than toward more traditional classes. Students perceived that teachers were interested in their progress and were attuned to how well class participants understood the course material. Students themselves possessed moderately high levels of motivation and saw their IITS classes as offering them both academic and professional advantages. Students were fairly neutral in their attitudes toward and involvement with the technology itself. Most found that using the equipment became more natural as time went on. A number of written comments expressed gratitude for the system itself and the course offerings. (A copy of the questionnaire is attached.) (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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