ERIC Number: ED427767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Graduate Students' Perceptions of Time Spent in Taking a Course by Internet versus Taking a Course in a Regular Classroom.
Gifford, Lorna J.
The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of graduate students regarding the time spent in taking a course via the Internet compared to taking a class in the "regular" classroom. Graduate students completed a course in research on curriculum and instruction taught entirely via a Web-based program and email. Students would read articles and post their responses to given questions each week; they would read and post comments to assigned group members. Results indicated that the majority of students felt that more time was spent on the Internet-based class than in the regular classroom. They also indicated that self-discipline and self-motivation were necessary to complete a course via the Internet. These findings indicate that course content and delivery systems need to be evaluated to determine a more equitable way of delivering courses through distance learning. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Conventional Instruction, Distance Education, Electronic Mail, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Internet, Learner Controlled Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Student Reaction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Mid-South Educational Research Association Conference (New Orleans, LA, November 4-6, 1998).