Identification and anlysis of factors that influence adult students to participate in distance learning programs Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine: what factors are important in influencing adult students to participate in distance learning programs; 2) whether students prefer interactive television or instructional television. A review of the literature identified items that were considered Important to students participating in distance learning programs. The items identified in the literature were reviewed by a jury of experts. From the list of items a questionnaire was developed for this study. Students from two Oregon community colleges completed the questionnaire. A total of 127 questionnaires were analyzed. The data were analyzed with the use of descriptive statistics, factor analysis, analysis of variance, Chi Square and t-test. Twenty-two of the thirty-four items in the questionnaire were considered very important or important to students. Factor analysis clustered the items under the factors socializing, convenience, instructor, and supplmental activities. Students consider instructor and convenience the most important factors of distance learning programs followed by supplemental activities and finally socializing. Caparisons of students participating using instructional television and interactive television to deliver distance learning programs were also made. Analysis of the data indicates the four factors (socializing, convenience, instructor, and supplemental activities) have the same relative importance to students participating in academic and vocational distance learning programs. In addition, participation in instructional television programs was more convenient for students than interactive television programs. Delivery of distance learning programs should: provide opportunities for students to socialize; be convenient for the student to participate in; utilize instructors committed to using instructional television; and make available supplemental activities for students.
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