The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2005 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Experiences with Electronic Technologies and Web CT with a Prerquiste Respiratory Therapy Course.

Douglas S Gardenhire, MS, 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 preference and learning between online and traditional didactic courses. Three specific questions were investigated: 1) Given a choice what is your preference, web-based or lecture course? 2) Do you feel you learned more in the web-based course versus a traditional lecture course? and 3) Based on this experience would you take another online course? The course surveyed was HHS 2010 Basic Medical Terminology is a three-hour credit prerequisite course. This is the only fully online course offered at the university.

METHODS:
From the beginning of the course, all students had access to the course materials on Web CT. At the completion of the 16-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 77students did access the course material through Web CT. The total number of hits reported to the Web site was 9993, with a mean of 129. There was response rate of 67% for survey. Percentages are reported as follows:

Given a choice what is you preference, web-based or lecture?
Far prefer web Somewhat prefer web Somewhat prefer lecture Far prefer lecture
29% 46% 16% 9%
Do you feel you have learned more in the web-based course versus a lecture course?
Less in lecture Somewhat less in lecture Same More in lecture
8% 8% 51% 33%
Would you take an on-line course based on your experience with HHS 2010?
Yes No
94% 6%

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of students that participated in the survey feel that they can receive the same course content online and would prefer to take an online course. The students that participated in the survey would take another online course based on their experience with this course.

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