ERIC Number: ED459876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Head, Ronald B.
This research paper analyzes the distance learning program at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) for the 2000-2001 school year, during which PVCC offered 34 distance learning classes. Findings indicate that: (1) 25 of the classes were Web-based (asynchronous) and 9 were compressed video (synchronous); (2) nearly 3% of all classes at PVCC during the year were distance learning classes; (3) an average of 12 students was enrolled in each class; (4) 318 students, or 4% of all students, were enrolled in at least 1 distance learning class--this percentage was the lowest in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS); (5) 17% of students enrolled in distance learning were in compressed video classes, 83% in Web-based classes, and 0.6% in both; (6) although the percentage of distance learning students needing remedial classes was similar to that of regular students, distance learning students were much more likely to need remedial math than remedial English or other remedial coursework; (7) the cumulative GPA of distance learning students (2.980) was similar to that of regular students (2.985); and (8) the withdrawal rate for Web-based classes (25%) was much higher than for compressed video (9%) and regular (11%) classes, suggesting that many students enrolling in online courses were unprepared for the special demands of Web-based learning. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.