ERIC Number: ED359926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Impact of Learning Styles on Instructional Design for Distance Education.
Gunawardena, Charlotte N.; Boverie, Patricia E.
The interaction of adult learning styles and the media, methods of instruction, and group functioning in a distance learning class using audiographics and computer-mediated communication was studied and compared with similar interaction in non-equivalent traditional classes. One graduate class in theory and practice of distance education, taught at a distance with 15 students, and 3 traditional on-campus classes were selected. The interaction of learning style and media, methods of instruction, group functioning, and support was determined by administering a questionnaire developed for the study and subjecting results to an analysis of variance. The major finding is that learning styles do not impact how students interact with media and methods of instruction, but do affect satisfaction with other learners. Class type impacts student satisfaction with media, methods, group satisfaction, goal setting, and group climate. Results of this study cannot be generalized because of the small sample in the distance class. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Analysis of Variance, Cognitive Style, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Media, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Interaction, Intermode Differences, Learning Modalities, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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