ERIC Number: ED413964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-14
Reference Count: N/A
American Government: An Introduction Using MicroCase with Distance Learners.
Rosberg, William H.
In spring 1997, a project used MicroCase, a computer-based statistical analysis and data retrieval system, to offer an American Government class to distance students at Iowa's Kirkwood Community College (KCC). Students participated in the course at one of the college's 10 learning centers via a statewide fiber-optic network. MicroCase provided the students with powerful statistical tools, including multiple regression, analysis of variance, and factor analysis; large databases; and a framework in which they can learn to use such resources. The 65 students enrolled in the course were expected to complete computer-based exercises related to foundations of American government, civil rights and liberties, governmental processes and institutions, and public policy, while a variety of assessments were used to gauge the effect of the program, perceived benefits, and student progress. Fifty-six of the students completed the course, an above-average completion rate compared with KCC's on-campus and distance courses, and student feedback was quite favorable. Although technical problems related to a lack of time on the network, damaged computer disks, and differences among center operating systems were encountered, students, nevertheless, received higher-than-average grades and expressed high levels of satisfaction and interest. An appendix provides a sample of student data analysis completed in the course using MicroCase. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kirkwood Community Coll., Cedar Rapids, IA.