ERIC Number: ED479571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Significant Features of Asynchronous Learning: Summary of a Pilot Study.
Llanes, J. R.
The development of computer-mediated asynchronous platforms for the delivery of online coursework brings college professors new questions about the features these platforms offer and the degree to which each feature is significant to the achievement of students. Are all features designed in the same way across platforms? Are there some features that are more reliable, easier to operate and more attractive to students who use them? Which of the features can be connected with objective measures of achievement? Is the type of use given to the feature by an instructor a significant element of the feature? This paper relates a pilot study of three courses offered online using three different platforms and in three different campuses in order to explore the range of features in use and their link to student satisfaction and achievement. It also contrasts student outcomes with three onsite courses offered by the same professors. The long-term purpose of this study is to learn about hypothetically significant features that can then be improved. (Author)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Online Systems, Pilot Projects, Student Reaction
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.