Factors Affecting Teachers and Trainers in the Use of a Bulletin Board System: A Report.Report as inadecuate

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For the past three years, a bulletin board system (BBS) has provided messaging and computer conferencing facilities for the students and staff of the Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technology Education course at the University of Melbourne (Australia). In order to more accurately assess how these students coped with the use of a BBS, a 12-item questionnaire survey was administered to 66 students who were enrolled in the course. The aims of the survey were to determine the level of student involvement in the use of the BBS; identify students' principal concerns; and ascertain learner perceptions and satisfaction. In addition, it was intended to establish the need for appropriate resources to ensure more effective integration of technology, particularly in the use of electronic communications, in future course planning. The most frequent criticism of the program by the students was that not enough time was given for familiarization with the medium. Overall, there was a very positive response to the use of electronic communications or computer mediated delivery of courses, provided that a high level of support is available. (Author/AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Mail, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teleconferencing

Author: Lee, Kar-Tin

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8392&id=ED396730

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