Why Choose an Online Course?

Why Choose an Online Course?

Lawrence Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA), April Kwiatkowski (Robert Morris University, USA), Lorie Brown (Robert Morris University, USA), Lori Pash (Robert Morris University, USA), Christine Javery (Southern New Hampshire University, USA), Julie Ray (Robert Morris University, USA) and Rae Ann Durocher (Southern New Hampshire University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2009040106
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OCICU is the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities and consists of five provider institutions which are located throughout the United States and Ireland. This consortium is the first of its kind to exist in distance education. The researchers wanted to understand why students choose to take courses through the consortium as well as why students opt for online learning instead of traditional face to face instruction. The research was limited courses that were completed in the Fall 2006, Spring 2007, and Fall 2007. The review of the literature revealed several factors of teaching online that affect why member schools recommend an OCICU course to their students and why these students succeed or fail in an online environment. The response rate of 25% diminishes the ability of this investigation to generalize to this population of 64 institutions.

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