The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2002 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

EVALUATION OF STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH WEB-ENHANCED Respiratory Therapy CourseS IN A UNIVERSITY SETTING.

Ruben D Restrepo, MD, RRT, Doug Gardenhire, MS, RRT. Dept. of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences. Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA.

BACKGROUND: 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. In a similar study conducted in the year 2000, 50%-75% of the students were satisfied with the use of WebCT. However, only 12 students (43%) reported to have interest in taking an online course based on that experience. The purpose of the study was to evaluate student acceptance of Web-enhanced courses in a larger group of students throughout the last three years. 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 these courses?.

Methods: Two courses taught by the same instructor were evaluated. A total of 115 students enrolled in the program between 2000 and 2002 were surveyed at the completion of each web-enhanced course. A questionnaire produced for a Computer Science Department at the University of British Columbia was used to answer the research questions. Descriptive statistics were calculated.

Results: A total of 115 students did access the course material through Web CT. The total number of hits reported to the Web sites was 3859, with a mean of 48, and a range of 1-161. Percentages are reported as follows:

How satisfied were you with the use of Web CT in taking RT courses?
Not at all Not satisfied Undecided Satisfied Very satisfied
1% 4% 3% 43% 49%
Would you take an on-line course based on your experience with WebCT?
Yes No
57% 43%

Conclusions: There was a much higher degree of satisfaction with the WebCT courses than previously reported (92% vs. 75%). Computer proficiency along with a change in the learning style and more exposure to internet-based education may explain why 66 out of the 115 students answered they would take an on-line course based on their experience with these two web-enhanced respiratory courses.

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