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ERIC Number: ED410992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-20
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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A Comparison of the Learning Experience of Telecourse Students in Community and Day Sections.
Hammond, Ron J.
A study was undertaken at Utah Valley State College to assess the quality of learning experiences of students taking a sociology telecourse. This included comparing results for day students viewing the course in a classroom and students viewing the course at home or in other locations in the community. Surveys were distributed to 62 classroom- and 28 community-based students, requesting information on their ratings of the course, their knowledge of general sociological concepts, and the frequency with which they undertook selected learning activities. An analysis of responses and grades received in the course indicated that 62% of the community-based students received an "A" or "A-," compared to only 35% of the day classroom-based students. Also, while both groups had high attrition rates, classroom-based students were less satisfied with the course than community-based students and less likely to recommend the telecourse to a friend. Based on findings, the following recommendations were proposed: (1) a program should be developed to prepare students for distance learning; (2) a screening instrument should be created for potential distance learning students; (3) initiatives should be explored to make videotapes of courses available to students for home viewing; and (4) telecourses should not be broadcast into day section classrooms, especially when unsuspecting students anticipate traditional lecture classes. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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