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Spring 2003 - Volume VI, Number I
The purpose of this article is to present findings of a focus group study used to design a survey instrument for applications in future studies to determine factors of influence that inspire senior faculty members to participate in course delivery through online learning environments (OLE). Much of the general research that is available, identifies concerns such as monetary compensation, and concerns for technological savvy, however these concerns are not true for all faculty member s....
The cost of higher education is increasing at a time when federal and state funding, revenues, and endowments are decreasing. Colleges and universities are attempting to offset these conditions by increasing tuition and fees, which, in turn, are impacted by the availability of federal and state funds for student loans and grants. The purpose of this paper is to explore the option of using distance education courses as a viable alternative to building classrooms and facilities..
The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have made the process of obtaining an education without regard to time or location easier for the student. At the same time, they have provided more challenges for the colleges providing this education. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students realize that in order to successfully implement ODL, their colleges will need to reassess their pro grams....
The use of online learning materials is increasing in both academic and industrial training settings. While the advantages of online learning are exciting and numerous, the problems associated with successful implementation of an online learning program can detract from the educational experience of even the most motivated student. These problems include such factors as poor attendance,
procrastination, feelings of isolation, and a general lack of structure in the course..
This research describes the preferences for course content and course structure, in addition to the demographic characteristics of those respondents who indicated an interest in distance education. Several significant differences between those who prefer distance education and those who prefer live lecture are discussed..
Research demonstrates that immediacy or pro-social behaviors positively correlate with both affective and cognitive learning in the face-to-face classroom setting. Early findings suggest that similar results may be obtained in the online setting. In short, understanding how to build and manage a positive social dynamic can encourage knowledge construction in ways that extend learning opportunities in the online classroom..
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