ERIC Number: ED449344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
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Interest in Online Leadership Education and Implications for Instructional Design Strategies.
Boyd, Barry L.; Murphrey, Theresa P.
The factors affecting undergraduate-level agriculture students' interest in online courses were examined through a survey instrument that was voluntarily completed by 166 of the 240 students enrolled in the course titled Professional Leadership and Development, which was offered as a traditional face-to-face course at Texas A&M University in fall 1999 and spring 2000. Although 67.5% of the respondents had never taken a distance education course, 60.8% indicated that they would have been interested in taking the course via the Internet. No significant relationships between interest in taking a course via the Internet and gender, ethnicity, college, number of hours enrolled, or number of hours employed were found. Of the respondents, 77.8% indicated a willingness to spend 16-45 minutes per session (average of 30 minutes) on a 3-credit hour course delivered via the Internet. The respondents ranked the various delivery options mentioned as follows: (1) audio, (2) graphics, (3) video, (4) text, and (5) self-evaluated test questions. When asked to select their preferred delivery method for college courses, 62% of the respondents selected "traditional classroom course," 26% selected "stand-alone Internet course," and 12% selected "written correspondence course," while 12% preferred other options. Most respondents (76.3%) preferred an Internet-based course with a weekly or monthly meeting. (Contains 17 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agricultural Education, Computer Uses in Education, Course Selection (Students), Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Demand, Enrollment Influences, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Internet, Leadership Training, Online Courses, Online Systems, Participation, Predictor Variables, Professional Development, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Interests, Undergraduate Students, Universities, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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