ERIC Number: ED468381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
An Investigation of Methods of Instruction and Student Learning Styles in Internet-Based Community College Courses.
Doherty, William A.
This study investigated three aspects of Internet-based community college classes: the distribution of learning styles of the students enrolled, student preferences for specific methods of instruction, and the relationship between student learning styles and preferences for methods of instruction. The results of the study might help educators better understand how to address learning styles as a student attribute in designing Internet-based instruction. Questionnaires were sent to 54 instructors and received 24 responses, for a response rate of 46%. The instructors who participated offered classes in 15 different subject areas. Surveys were distributed to 28 of the classes taught by these 24 instructors. One hundred and fifty of the 812 students contacted responded to the surveys: 82% of survey respondents were female, while 70% of all students enrolled in the classes were female. Respondents ranged in age from 17 to 63, and 71% had completed some college but did not have a degree. Forty-two percent of respondents were pleased with Internet classes in general, while 16% indicated they did not like Internet-based instruction. Ratings could range from 1 to 8, with 1 indicating very poor quality, and 8 indicating excellent quality. E-mail received a rating of 7 for methods of instruction, while instructor control of computer was the lowest rated, with a 6. (Contains 15 tables and 51 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Nevada, Reno.