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ERIC Number: ED406703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building Communication Environments in Distance Education.
Warren, Ron; And Others
A study examined 49 students' use of distance education (DE) technology in a telecommunications course about the social and economic impacts of information technology. The originating site was a specially equipped television studio on the home campus. Aside from study guide readings, students wrote reaction journals and a paper about an information professional, kept a log of information-related articles, evaluated an information retrieval exercise using databases, and wrote a take-home final. The course was delivered via 2-way audio, one-way video teleconferencing for 5 weeks; for the remaining 10 weeks, all students (except 3 distant-site students) were connected by 2-way video conferencing technology. Students used an asynchronous computer conferencing system that allowed collection of their writings, and submitted most assignments via email, computer conferencing, or fax. Results of data analysis indicated that, although students were not hesitant about speaking in front of the people in their own room, they hesitated to speak in front of the entire class. Findings revealed that students' communication anxiety, measured at the beginning and the end of the course, showed a change in mean response indicating an increase with this technology. However, many seemed to feel no restraint in voicing comments and often seemed more like they were watching television than attending a class. With no instructor in the room, they seemed to find it difficult to apply the "rules" of the classroom to DE. (Contains 1 table of data and 52 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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