ERIC Number: ED459685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
What Students Said about Interactive Video Instruction: Results of Two Surveys Conducted by the West Suburban Post-Secondary Consortium.
Lester, Marilyn A.
The West Suburban Post-Secondary Consortium (WSPSC) of Oak Brook, Illinois is a not-for-profit organization of collaborating educational institutions that offer courses, programs and degrees in the western suburbs of Chicago. Interactive video is a successful instructional delivery method in the WSPSC, according to the students who took video courses. This publication reports the results of two years of survey research. Survey responses were gathered from 554 students (41% response) at colleges, universities and high schools in the west suburban region of Chicago who took 42 courses at 80 interactive video classroom locations during the Fall 1996, Spring 1997, and Fall 1998 academic terms. Students (79%) were positive about their learning experience and the majority (67%) would take another interactive video course. In fact, 30% of the students who responded to the Fall 1998 survey had already taken at least one other interactive video course. Students generally preferred being at the site with the live instructor, but seemed to adapt well to the televised option. The convenience of taking a class at a location close to home or office was a great incentive to take an interactive video course. Recommendations for improvement were related to technical equipment rather than the instructor. Although significant efforts were made by the Consortium's technical staff to improve the video and audio equipment between the two survey periods, improvements are still needed. Students most often had problems with the audio systems; when it was difficult to hear or be heard, it interfered with student learning. Other technical problems should be resolved quickly without undue loss of class time. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, High Schools, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Interactive Video, Nontraditional Education, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications
West Suburban Higher Education Consortium, 1010 Jorie Blvd. Suite 200-A, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2240. Tel: 630-572-1522; Fax: 630-572-6442; e-mail: WSHEC@aol.com; Web site: http://www.wshec.org/.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In September of 2000 the West Suburban Post-Secondary Consortium changed its name to the West Suburban Higher Education Consortium.