A Case Study of the Adult Learner's Perception of Instructional Quality in Web-Based Online Courses

A Case Study of the Adult Learner's Perception of Instructional Quality in Web-Based Online Courses

Terry T. Kidd (University of Houston-Downtown, USA) and Holim Song (Texas Southern University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch088
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Abstract

This study assessed the perceptions of adult learners inonline distance learning programs regarding theinstructional quality of Web-based courses via WebCT. Theresults showed an overall positive perception regarding theinstructional quality of online courses delivered via WebCT (M = 3.51, SD = 1.1362). The mean obtained for students’perceptions regarding the instructional quality items ranged from 3.7 to 3.37. The visual appeal of Web site and appropriateness of the course materials received thehighest rating (M = 3.625). Clarity and purpose in introduction to content components earned the lowest ratings (M = 3.37). These results were closely correlated to students’ responses regarding the important aspects ofinstructional quality of online courses. The most important aspect indicated by students was the idea of having onlinecourse content and materials relevant to the course. Theresults of the study also indicated other perceived aspects that affect students’ views of the instructional quality of anonline course, including interaction, design, convenience, feedback, and usability.

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