ERIC Number: ED425742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
The Psychological Importance of "Distance" in Distance Education.
Uppal, Charu; Sundar, S. Shyam
This between-subjects experiment was designed to examine the impact of physical distance on affect and cognition in a distance education situation. Participants were 48 undergraduate students enrolled in communications classes. All subjects were exposed to identical instructional material, but half of the students were told that the material was prepared by a distance learning institution located nearby (20 or 200 miles away), while the other half were told that the institution was located far away (2000 or 5000 miles away). Results showed that subjects in the near condition felt that the material was significantly clearer, more appropriate, and less in need of cosmetic improvement than their counterparts in the far condition. However, there were no differences in memory for content as a function of physical distance. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Instructional and Developmental Communication Division at the Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference (48th, Jerusalem, Israel, July 20-24, 1998).