ERIC Number: ED448851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-17
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Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1010) Telecourse Report for Years 1997-2000.
Hammond, Ron J.; Knight, Austin L.
This report is based on the results of student surveys collected during the years 1997 to 2000 from students who took the Introduction to Sociology telecourse at Utah Valley Community College. With a response rate of 45 percent, 231 students completed the survey. The survey was designed to (1) track enrollments; (2) provide a value-added measure in the posttest quiz; (3) assess the students' overall course rating; (4) assess student ease in taking this telecourse in comparison to a traditional course; (5) assess the teacher; (6) assess student self-reported gains; (7) explore student motivation; (8) assess student propensity to refer this course to friends; (9) gain some direction for improvement and further development by assessing what students liked least about it; and (10) explore the sources used by students to learn about the course's availability. Course enrollments were steady, serving a total of 517 students during the four years examined. The majority of students rated the course as either excellent (45%) or good (49%). Forty percent of the students indicated that they found the TV course easier than a lecture course, whereas 25 percent found it more difficult. The students reported many diverse gains from taking the course, including cross-cultural skills, deeper understanding of sociology, personal skills, learning skills, and study skills. Need for improvement was indicated concerning the textbook, graphics duration, and the workbook. (KS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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