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ERIC Number: ED448740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessment of Alternate Delivery Mechanisms for Asynchronous Adult Distance Learners.
Usrey, Michael W.
Within a course at the University of Colorado addressing the management of research and development, a comparison of alternate asynchronous delivery media was conducted. For the course session on the management of intellectual property, asynchronous students were given access to the VHS tapes traditionally utilized, plus World Wide Web-based and CD-based (digital) lecture alternatives. The objectives of the comparison were: to determine student preferences; to ascertain the penetration of the computer technology necessary to utilize the alternative digital delivery methods; and to understand the usage patterns for the current videotapes to improve the design of future delivery systems. Students had two opportunities to express their preferences--a mailed survey administered immediately after the session and a less comprehensive follow-up assessment via the university's Faculty Course Questionnaire. With the mailed survey, students were asked for feedback in three categories: usage factors for VHS videotapes; preferences with respect to the digital delivery alternatives; and equipment barriers to utilizing the digital alternatives. Based on the survey results, approximately 50% of the students lacked convenient access to sufficient computer resources to take advantage of these alternate delivery mechanisms. (Contains 10 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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