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ERIC Number: ED441081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 10
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Adult Learners and Distance Education Evaluation: Implications for Success.
Weigand, Kathy
The telecourse education program created by Barry University in Florida was evaluated by use of a questionnaire designed to measure students' overall satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the telecourse process. The questionnaire contains questions about how students heard about the telecourses, whether services were accommodating, what they liked most and least about the process, their motivation, their feelings about the onsite sessions, whether they will register for another telecourse, and future courses they would like to see delivered. Evaluation questionnaires were sent to students' homes after the end of each course, with assurance of anonymity. Some of the findings were the following: (1) student motivation for taking telecourses included saving time, transportation problems, disabilities, trying something new, and preferring this method of learning; (2) advantages of taking telecourses were setting one's own schedule, flexibility, ability to repeat viewing of tapes, more time to write notes and assimilate information, guest speakers, and no need to travel; and (3) disadvantages included that it is easy for students to get behind, testing, the classes take more time and require more work than regular classes, and missing interaction with other students. The evaluation concluded that the students are highly enthusiastic about telecourses and excited about this new method of course delivery. The university plans to continue to listen to its students through the evaluation process in order to continue to develop the program successfully. (Contains 19 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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