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Analysis of Large Web-Based Courses at the University of Central Florida
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Lytle, J.S., Cross,, C. & Lenhart, K.A. (2001). Analysis of Large Web-Based Courses at the University of Central Florida. In J. Price et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (pp. 1117-1119). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2001
Jerry Price, Dee Anna Willis, Niki Davis & Jerry Willis
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Distance education, as once described by a colleague, is sitting in the back row of a three hundred-seat auditorium. It has traditionally been thought that to successfully teach a large class, you needed to herd students into an auditorium, and proceed to lecture them for several hours. This provides the students with very little opportunity to interact with fellow students or the instructor. Over the past few years we have discovered that, with the advent of the Internet, large classes (one hundred to one hundred and sixty students) can be successfully taught at a distance. Over the past several semesters we have collected data regarding student perceptions of these courses and the instructor, as well as demographic information. Our results show that not only do the students enjoy taking these courses, but that they are as, if not more, successful in them then in traditional large classes. At the University of Central Florida, distance education was embraced in 1996 almost as a necessity. With 33,000 students in the fall of 2000, and 52,000 expected by 2010, UCF is growing faster than brick and mortar buildings can be constructed. Until recently, class space was rented during the day at a movie theater nearby. Distance education provides some relief to this problem. UCF had divided its courses that have a web presence into three categories, enhanced (E), media enhanced (M), and web-based (W). The E courses provide the instructor with the ability to use the web without reduced seat time. The M courses use the web as an integral part of the course and reduce the seat time by 1/3, 1/2, or 2/3. The W courses have no regular class meetings. Some do however have an optional orientation and/or proctored examinations. These course designations are designed, in part, to inform students of the modality of the course. The designations and explanations are listed with the course, as well as instructor contact information, in the course schedule.
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