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Student Attitudes about Distance Education: Focusing on Context and Effective Practices
The IAFOR Journal of Education
  • Esther Smidt, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Bunk, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Bridget McGrory
  • Rui Li, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Tanya Gatenby, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Disciplines
Abstract
There has been an unquestionable upsurge in distance education in recent years. Given this, it is extremely important to understand the experience of online courses from students’ perspectives. The purpose of the current qualitative study is to understand student attitudes about distance education in a specific context, namely that of a Mid-Atlantic mid-sized state university. We then translate our findings into practical recommendations for instructors. Data sources consist of journal entries written by 36 teacher candidates taking the course, Teaching English Language Learners PreK-12. Findings are categorized according to Course Characteristics, e.g. students have definite opinions about the use of the discussion forum, some of them negative, Instructor Characteristics, e.g. students see the need for interaction/synchronous communication and effective assessment, and Learner Characteristics, e.g. the appropriateness of distance education depends on student learning style and practical factors.
Publisher
International Academic Forum
Citation Information
Esther Smidt, Jennifer Bunk, Bridget McGrory, Rui Li, et al.. "Student Attitudes about Distance Education: Focusing on Context and Effective Practices" The IAFOR Journal of Education Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2014) p. 40 - 64 ISSN: 2187-0594
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/esther-smidt/2/