ERIC Number: ED365307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-28
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Conferencing Project. Final Report.
McNeil, Donald R.; And Others
This report of a 3-year project discusses the results of the testing of computer conferencing and e-mail (electronic mail) at Montgomery College (Maryland) over a period of four semesters. The product was designed to answer the following questions: (1) Could computer conferencing or e-mail increase access? (2) Would the quality of the instruction via e-mail be lower than the quality of traditional instruction? (3) Do certain disciplines lend themselves more to e-mail instruction than others? (4) What should be the extent of the commitment of faculty and the administration? and (5) Is e-mail cost effective? To investigate these questions, e-mail was used to teach courses entirely via interactive computer and to supplement video courses for more than 100 distance learners. Outcomes were compared with identical traditional classes taught by the same instructors. Results included more interaction between student and faculty, improvement of quality of writing abilities, learning outcomes comparable to traditional classes, and easier access to learning opportunities. The project uncovered major problems in the areas of technical support, training, and marketing. Evaluations, promotional and publicity materials, external dissemination, and comments are appended. Also appended is a summary report from a 1988 conference on technology in higher education and a discussion paper and two case studies from the conference. (TMK)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.