ERIC Number: ED463805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-16
Love It, Hate It, or Don't Care: Views on Online Learning.
This study examined the perceived role and performance of online learning, related faculty concerns and training, administrative/institutional issues, student attitudes and performance, and instructional design. Thirty-nine Midwestern community college employees (33 faculty and 6 administration/staff members) and 48 students participated in the survey. The open-ended questions were based upon areas of faculty, administrative, and student concerns. Results indicated that: (1) personal interest and perceived need on the part of faculty played a major role in online course development; (2) faculty and staff seemed to have sufficient technological and pedagogical support available to them; (3) overload or reassignment time was used to pay faculty for the development of online courses; however, in some cases, faculty were not compensated for this development; (4) there seemed to be little pressure to develop online courses; (5) faculty viewed the use of multimedia in online courses negatively; (6) faculty members who preferred teaching online to teaching in the classroom represented only 15% of respondents; (7) 17 students (35%) preferred classroom learning; (8) many students indicated that they were not prepared to take online courses; and (9) faculty and administration were concerned about screening prospective online students, the quality of online courses, and testing integrity. The author indicates that a follow-up study is going to be developed. (Contains 40 references and 14 tables.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A