Computer-mediated distance education: Providing open access to training and educational programs
Rene M. Naert, Walden University, United States
Walden University . Awarded
This study investigated computer-mediated distance education programs. The purpose was to examine how willingly a target student population would embrace this technological form of delivery. A total of 164 students (50% male, 50% female) at several California colleges were surveyed.
The chi-square method was used to examine the association of the relationship between gender and the questions related to computer access, experience, and attitudes about computers and on-line education. The mean age of the students was 33.87 (the minimum age was 17, the maximum 58). In addition to computer-mediated courses, students were enrolled in a variety of other courses.
This study found that significant differences existed between male and female college students regarding computer/modem ownership, Internet/on-line awareness, usage, and experiences. Males reported significantly higher levels of confidence in the use of computer systems in general.
This research also shows that the educational system has not adequately addressed the technical training needs of a large segment of society. In particular, women are not being properly prepared to function in an on-line interactive environment, which may impact their educational and occupational opportunities.
Naert, R.M. Computer-mediated distance education: Providing open access to training and educational programs. Ph.D. thesis, Walden University.
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