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An Evaluative Study of a Distance Education Degree Program Using Focus Groups
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, , , Iowa State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-46-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The purpose of the three focus groups with the seven advisory panel members and 16 students was to evaluate the program in general so as to improve and strengthen the program. The participants of the focus groups identified the important or effective aspects of this program as well as its convenience, relevance, coverage of quality information, accelerated learning potential, structured lesson schedule, and the use of CD-ROM. They suggested the instructors to grade the assignments in a timely fashion. The participants thought the students of this program had fewer personal interactions with instructors or major professors than those in a traditional program. This program was as challenging as they expected, but they did not expect the intensity of the time commitment. Based on the results of this study, actions of improvement have been implemented.

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Dobill, D., Thompson, A. & Shih, C.C. (2002). An Evaluative Study of a Distance Education Degree Program Using Focus Groups. In M. Driscoll & T. Reeves (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2002--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2161-2164). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 26, 2020 from .

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