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Journal of Technology Education, v17 n2 p33-42 Spr 2006

The availability of distance courses has made it possible for some people to attend college because courses are accessible within their locality, or the time of course delivery is convenient to them. This opportunity for learning has not been without critiques of the quality of such instruction. Technology education programs with a history of hands-on learning at the undergraduate level have been slow to implement distance learning techniques and strategies. This study examines ways in which laboratory courses are delivered through the use of distance learning technology and other innovative methods. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to provide for a balanced assessment and interpretation of current and developing practices. The population for the study was drawn from universities in the United States and a university in the United Kingdom. Although the results show that 15 departments of technology and engineering programs (48.78% of respondents) are offering distance learning in non-laboratory courses, only 5 departments (12.19%) are offering laboratory courses. This study discusses the importance of the following in regard to distance learning: (1) Laboratory Courses Offered Via Distance Learning; (2) Technology and Innovative Ways Used to Deliver Laboratory Courses; and (3) Support Services Provided to Faculty and Students. This study clearly indicates the limited extent to which technology and engineering programs are delivering laboratory courses via distance learning. Nonetheless, the efforts made in delivering non-laboratory courses are encouraging.

Descriptors: Distance Education, Technology Education, Learning Laboratories, Educational Innovation, Delivery Systems, Educational Technology, Undergraduate Students, Educational Practices, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Surveys

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Author: Ndahi, Hassan

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4989&id=EJ1064457







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