ERIC Number: ED470918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
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Evaluation of Online Curriculum at College of San Mateo.
Kennedy, Cathleen A.
The goal of this project was to evaluate the College of San Mateo's (California) current online program to ascertain how well it met the needs of current and prospective students. This initial evaluation was formative, focusing on how the institution could improve what it started. The author evaluated student satisfaction with online course methods and content; she also gathered attitude data from students who were not currently taking online courses, in an attempt to determine if an audience existed for more online offerings. Two surveys--one with Likert-type questions and one with open-ended questions--were administered to students; a total of 139 surveys were administered and collected during class time, and 20 surveys were completed by students online. One finding was that a substantial percentage of current students would consider taking online courses. This was particularly true of evening students. A second finding was that students valued good teaching and teachers more than other aspects of courses. One unexpected finding was that both on-campus and online students felt that the teacher was the most important factor for success in an on-campus course, while student study habits was the most important factor in online courses. Finally, online students rated their enjoyment of courses at nearly the same level as on-campus students. The Online Needs Assessment Survey is appended. (Author/EMH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Distance Education, Online Courses, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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