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ERIC Number: EJ779027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Making a Choice: The Perceptions and Attitudes of Online Graduate Students
Braun, Timothy
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v16 n1 p63-92 2008
There has been an increase in the number of online universities, degrees, and coursework over the last decade. Institutions of higher learning are beginning to embrace online instruction more than ever before. However, the motives behind enrollment and the benefits of online instruction have not always been clearly understood. The purpose of this study was to discover why students participate in online courses, what their perceptions and attitudes were towards the academic integrity of the courses, and whether they would participate again in online instruction. Data was gathered from a west coast private postsecondary institution through the use of a survey. The 90 participants in the survey were enrolled in a graduate program in education, taking courses towards their teaching credentials and master's degree. The results of the survey paint a picture showing students' desire for flexibility outweighing the apparent need for instructor and peer interaction as one of the driving reasons behind enrollment in an online course. Additionally, those surveyed report overall satisfaction with the online academic course content and instruction when compared to traditional classroom academic course content and instruction. This research suggests that there are distinct factors that lead to enrollment and possible re-enrollment in online courses, and that satisfaction levels of online students are very high when discussing effectiveness of instruction and application of learned concepts. (Contains 14 tables. The following is appended: Questionnaire for Online versus Face-to-Face perceptions and outcomes.)
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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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