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This paper presents the results of a student survey on computer-mediated distance education (DE) at the College of the Canyons. The survey queried students about whether DE fit their lifestyle, previous DE courses, access to a computer, the Internet and e-mail, and whether they would enroll in an on-line course. A total of 906 surveys were distributed and 423 were returned, for a response rate of 46.7 percent. Key results include: 87% had a computer at home, 85% had used the Internet to research a topic, 74% had Internet access at home, 66% had a personal email account, approximately 45% indicated advanced or intermediate experience with e-mail and the Internet, 17% had no experience with e-mail, 9% had no Internet experience, and 3% had no access to a computer. Survey results were used to construct three indices that measure the preparedness of the student body for DE courses: Readiness Index, Technology Index, and Interest Index. Results from the three indices are presented in tables, analyzing data by age, gender, area of residence and other variables. Authors conclude that a good portion of the student body is ready for DE and even expect to learn with computers and information technology. Contains 24 tables. Appendix contains weighted and unweighted for all survey items. (RDG)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Attitudes, Distance Education, Information Technology, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Surveys, Tables (Data), Technological Literacy, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges

Author: Mattice, Nancy J.; Dixon, Phillip Scott


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