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ERIC Number: EJ1172271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
An Analysis of First Year Engineering Students' Satisfaction with a Support Distance Learning Program in Mathematics
Matzakos, Nikolaos M.; Kalogiannakis, Michail
Education and Information Technologies, v23 n2 p869-891 Mar 2018
An online support distance-learning program in Mathematics was developed to aid first year engineering students for their transition from the secondary to the tertiary education in order to reinforce deficiencies they may have in mathematical knowledge. The aim of the present study is to examine, firstly, to what extent the attendance of such a program helped students to familiarize themselves with distance learning programs. In addition, the students' satisfaction with the material of the program was examined as well as their attitudes towards a conventional support learning program in Mathematics. The structure and part of the material developed is presented in detail. The basic methodological tool was an appropriately structured questionnaire. The results indicate that students responded positively to the program, which was a basic way of acquainting themselves with distance learning, and were satisfied with the material. The students' attitudes towards a conventional program was found to be related to their prior experience in distance learning programs. Statistical analysis of the research data yielded 4 basic factors related to the students' beliefs regarding the support online learning program in Mathematics. These factors were student's development and progress, satisfaction with the parts of the online support program, their attitudes towards a conventional program while being in the online support program and their familiarization with online distance education. These factors as well as the targeted identification of the students' needs should be taken under consideration while designing and implementing support online distance learning programs in Mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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