The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

EXPERIENCES WITH ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGIES AND WEB CT WITH A RESPIRATORY THERAPY COURSE

Ruben D Restrepo, MD, RRT, Lynda Thomas Goodfellow, EdD, RRT, Dept. of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

BACKGROUND: New and emerging technologies represent the state-of-the-art among the innovative strategies for facilitating effective and efficient teaching and learning. Web CT is one of the leading providers of web-based technology available to faculty to enhance their instruction. It facilitates the creation of sophisticated World Wide Web-based educational environments. The purpose of the study was to evaluate student acceptance with the use of lecture plus web-based technology to deliver the Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care course (RT 4081). Two specific questions were investigated: 1) How satisfied were students with the use of lecture plus web-based technology to deliver the course? and 2) Would students take a course on-line based on their experience with this course?. RT 4081 is a three-hour credit course offered during the last semester of the senior year. This was the student's first experience with web-based course material.

Methods:
From the beginning of the course, all students had access to the course materials on Web CT. At the completion of the 7-week course, students were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with this lecture plus web-based course. A questionnaire produced for a Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia was used to answer the research questions. The number of "hits" or visits to the Web site was also recorded for each student. Descriptive statistics were calculated.

Results:
All 28 students did access the course material through Web CT. The total number of hits reported to the Web site was 1739, with a mean of 58, and a range of 16-114. Percentages are reported as follows:

How satisfied were you with the use of Web CT in taking RT 4081?
Not at all Not satisfied Undecided Satisfied Very satisfied
0% 11% 14% 50% 25%

Would you take an on-line course based on your experience with RT 4081?
Yes No
43% 57%



Conclusions: Even though the majority of the students were satisfied with the use of web-based technology to take this course, factors probably associated with learning styles, motivation, and computer proficiency may explain why 16 out of the 28 students answered they would not take an on-line course based on this experience. Future research should focus on the instructor satisfaction with the use of Web CT and correlation of the numbers of hits to expected student performance and learning.
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