ERIC Number: EJ1022709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Attitudes on Barriers and Benefits of Distance Education among Mississippi Delta Allied Health Community College Faculty, Staff, and Students
Mayfield-Johnson, Susan; Mohn, Richard S.; Mitra, Amal K.; Young, Rebekah; McCullers, Elizabeth M.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v38 n6 p551-563 2014
Online distance education creates increased opportunities for continuing education and advanced training for allied health professionals living in underserved and geographically isolated areas. The purpose of this article was to explore attitudes on barriers and benefits of distance education technology among underrepresented minority allied health students. It also addressed potential issues to geographic isolation that may contribute to the shortage of adequately trained health professionals in the Mississippi Delta. Community college students, faculty, and staff of Mississippi Delta allied health programs were interviewed about their experience, barriers and benefits to participation, and self efficacy with distance education. Four focus groups meetings with 34 participants were conducted to understand perceptions of community college students and professionals about distance education. Exposure to and experience with online and distance learning format, frequent Internet usage, and plans to matriculate to a four-year university are significant factors when examining attitudes on barriers and benefits. Faculty and staff perceive that community college students would be more confident during discussions in an online environment; that an online class will reduce out-of-pocket educational expenses; and online learning will save time by making all course materials accessible from one webpage. Attitudes on benefits to distance education should be evaluated to assess whether distance education programs meet the needs of the students in underserved areas.
Descriptors: Barriers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Allied Health Occupations Education, Distance Education, Online Courses, Minority Group Students, Interviews, Educational Benefits, Self Efficacy, Community Colleges, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Computer Attitudes, Focus Groups, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi