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ERIC Number: EJ1096939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
A Tale of Two Schools
Coleman, Phillip D.; Blankenship, Ray J.
Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, v5 May 2011
The purpose of this research study was to investigate the perceptions of students entering an online bachelors program in a Midwest university that had either previously graduated from a regional Community College or has taken some classes but did not have an Associate's Degree from a Community College. This study analyzed the student's perception of how they learn best (active or passive), their self-reported satisfaction with the university program, their perceived difficulty (rigor) with the university program, how prepared they felt they were and the amount of time they spent studying at the university. The university online program requires that students engage in active learning by sharing and participating, so satisfactory completion of the first two classes requires that students become active learners. This is made possible by discussion group participation with minimal intercession by the professor. The results of this study indicate that although students state that they learn best by passive means (watching or listening), their discussion board grades, along with their degree program satisfaction, indicate otherwise. Additionally, this study indicates that students feel that the university program contains rigor, believe that their Community College prepared them for their university studies, are satisfied with the university program, and generally spent more time studying at the university than they did at their Community College. Also, active learning can overcome the lack of face-to-face interaction in an online degree program as evidenced by the student's level of satisfaction with the online program.
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, Online Courses, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Student Satisfaction, Difficulty Level, Group Discussion, Community Colleges, Nontraditional Students, Distance Education, Student Surveys, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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