ERIC Number: ED407563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Education Survey, 1996. A Report on Course Structure and Educational Practices in Distance Education and Training Council Member Institutions.
Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.
Course structures and educational practices in Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) member institutions were examined through a survey of all 58 DETC institutions. Usable responses were obtained from 55 (95%) of the institutions. Among the study's main conclusions were the following: (1) 52% of distance education students are male, 42% have a college degree, and 81% are employed; (3) DETC schools employ an average of 55 people, offer an average of 48 courses, and have an average course graduation rate of 52%; (4) 51% of courses offered are developed by both in-house staff and external authors; (5) 66% of examination questions are objective in style; (6) students typically require 10 hours to complete a lesson; (7) 9% of schools offer mandatory resident training; (8) 56% of schools use proctored examinations, 47% offer a fax exam service, 58% use toll-free telephone service for educational purposes, and 73% use preprinted motivation letters; (9) 100% of the schools own their own computer, 75% have computers that are networked; and (10) 80% of the schools use desktop publishing to prepare courses, 62% publish a newsletter/magazine for students, 56% have a home page, and 69% use electronic mail. (Twenty-eight tables and the survey instrument are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Course Organization, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Instructional Materials, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teacher Student Relationship, Testing
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.