ERIC Number: ED399596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-10
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Going Online To Teach Journalism and Mass Communication.
Arant, Morgan David, Jr.
A study examined the use of online computer resources by students and educators in journalism and mass communication programs. Heads of 200 journalism and mass communication programs at member schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication were surveyed in February 1996. Of the 133 (67%) responding, the average enrollment was 409 students, 368 undergraduates and 41 graduate students, with an average of 16 full-time faculty. Results indicated that access to online resources, including email and the Internet, was provided to professors in 96% of the journalism and mass communication programs, with 87% providing access to the World Wide Web (WWW). Students had access to these resources in 93% of these programs, with 90% giving access to email and the Internet, and 80% to the WWW. Other online services include university library catalogs, registration and class information, and networked software. A home page on the WWW was reported in 71% of the programs and 50% of the professors have WWW pages. Professors used computer online resources in teaching classes in 88% of the schools and 72% communicate with students via email. Online distance education was only offered in 23 of 133 programs (17%) and only 3 met in real-time. Findings revealed, however, that only about 60% of program administrators reported that online resources had substantially changed how these programs were taught. Although online teaching may not be as effective as traditional classroom teaching, respondents suggest that it is a viable distance learning method, reaching students who could not otherwise be reached. (Author/CR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Higher Education, Instructional Systems, Integrated Learning Systems, Journalism Education, Mass Media, Media Selection, National Surveys, Online Systems, Teaching Methods, Use Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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