ERIC Number: ED360948
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Distance Education: Graduate Student Attitudes and Academic Performance.
Smith, Dennie L.; McNelis, Mary J.
How distance education affects academic performance and student attitudes was studied for graduate students in an off-campus location taking a course required for their majors. The performance and attitudes of the distance (off-campus/remote) class of 16 students were compared with those of a control group of 12 students in a similar class and 25 students in the on-campus class hosting the distance class. Final grade scores were significantly lower for the host distance class than for the control class taught conventionally, but scores for the remote distance class were between the other two classes. Three of the 16 members of the remote class stated a negative opinion about the technology, and 8 of the 25 in the host class reported negative feelings about the course. The technology was very distracting to students in the beginning of the course. However, by the end of the course, most students were receptive to distance education as part of the future of instructional delivery, but they still favored the conventional way of teaching. Achievement data are not very conclusive, but the lower grades of the host distance class may reflect their more negative attitudes. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Control Groups, Course Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Experimental Groups, Futures (of Society), Graduate Students, Higher Education, Required Courses, Scores, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).