ERIC Number: ED420291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Human Computer Interaction Certificate Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: A Case Study in the Benefits and Costs of a Joint Industry/University Designed Program Featuring Integrated Delivery Methods.
Jewett, Frank I.
This case study presents information about a graduate-level certificate program in human computer interaction that was added to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) satellite video program in 1996, as a cooperative program between the institution and the IBM Corporation. The program was designed for individuals who work in computer industry occupations where human-computer interfacing efficiency is important. Four courses, featuring a "humanized" distance learning model that incorporates significant interaction during the synchronous broadcast events, were developed. Results of the study indicated that: (1) there was little variation among final grades for students enrolled in the three modes of study (studio site, videoconferencing sites, and videotape sites); (2) students at the videotape and studio sites rated the course slightly higher than those at the videoconferencing sites; (3) remote site students rated the course somewhat below a traditional course; (4) 77 percent of respondents indicated that they would not have been able to take the course if it had not been delivered to their workplace; (5) faculty felt that using technology in these courses improved their teaching overall; (6) tuition revenues more than covered the direct costs of providing the program; and (7) the program appears to generate learning outcomes at least equivalent to campus instruction. (MAB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Case Studies, Computer Interfaces, Computer Software Development, Cooperative Programs, Corporate Education, Corporate Support, Course Evaluation, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship, Extension Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Man Machine Systems, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation, Telecommunications, Telecourses
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM), Washington, DC.; California State Univ., Seal Beach. Office of the Chancellor.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.