ERIC Number: ED449160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Social Impact of Distance Learning in Higher Education on Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Students.
Corbett, Doris R.; Eikum, Debbie
This study examined the social impact of online, Web-based, distance learning (OWDL) technology on students enrolled in health, physical education, and recreation (HPER) Master's degree level courses as compared to students in traditional classroom courses. Surveys were developed and mailed to 137 students in both types of classrooms. The surveys included an online and a traditional version of the Social Impact Survey of Distance Learning in Higher Education on Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Students. Results indicated that well-planned, carefully crafted OWDL courses met students' needs. Listservs, voice mail, fax mail, forum discussions, and e-mail were basic components of the distance learning process. Collectively, they were highly effective in providing materials and communication between students and instructors. OWDL students had more time to think and respond to questions, worked more efficiently and productively at their own pace, had more discretionary time, and had more written assignments (which improved their writing skills). Respondents felt they were more likely to bond in traditional courses. Students considered forum discussions more interactive than the traditional classroom equivalent. The surveys and graphs are appended. (Contains 45 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Health Education, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Online Courses, Physical Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Social Influences, Student Attitudes, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
Jones Institute for Educational Excellence, the Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 66801-5087.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Emporia State Univ., KS. Jones Inst. for Educational Excellence.