ERIC Number: ED383327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Experiences with an Off-Campus Agriculture Degree Program: The Graduate Perspective.
Miller, Greg; Doerfert, David L.
The purpose of this study was to describe experiences of graduates of an off-campus agriculture degree program. Additionally, selected teaching variables and attitudes related to agricultural courses delivered by videotape are described. Objectives were as follows: (1) describe selected variables related by graduates of an off-campus professional agricultural degree program; (2) describe the perceptions held by graduates of the program related to obstacles encountered in off-campus study; (3) describe graduates' perceptions regarding the importance of and the extent to which effective videotape instructional practices were utilized by instructors; (4) describe attitudes of graduates towards the use of videotape as a tool for delivering agricultural courses; and (5) describe relationships between graduates' attitudes toward videotaped instruction and selected variables. The questionnaire included four Likert-type scales in addition to selected demographic questions and questions related to graduates' experiences with the off-campus program. Results show that most graduates took 5 years or more to complete their degree, and considered the limited number of courses to be the most significant obstacle to off-campus study. Most graduates traveled to class 20 or fewer times for reasons related to the off-campus program. A majority of students perceived that limited course offerings, difficulty in balancing responsibilities, and program costs were slightly significant to significant barriers. Graduates perceived the 15 videotaped instructional practices to be important for their learning, but the extent to which the practices occurred was lower than the perceived importance for each of the practices. A majority of graduates held positive to strongly positive attitudes toward videotaped instruction. Tables of results are provided for factors that motivated students to enroll in the off-campus program; time taken by students to complete the program; number of times respondents traveled to campus for reasons related to the program; overall mean scores for the perceived significance of 13 obstacles to off-campus study; videotape instructional practices on the importance and occurrence scale; and overall attitude toward videotaped instruction. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the 1995 Annual National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), (17th, Anaheim, CA, 1995); see IR 017 139.