Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Fall 1999

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies


Carolyn Sue Strohkirch


A new paradigm of philosophies is occurring with the emergence of distance education. Students are taking advantage of courses being taught by distance education faculty via a variety of technologies. However, the researcher felt it important to survey distance education faculty’s (N=24) perception of technology, interaction, and training received regarding distance education. Overall, faculty responded favorably to the Likert-scale statements regarding distance education. Instructors felt interaction was valuable yet did not interact the same way with distance education students the same way as they interacted with students in their classrooms. Instructors changed their delivery styles to accommodate distance education learners. Instructors reported that they have had training to teach distance education courses. Finally, faculty felt comfortable with using technology in their classrooms. However, the open-ended questions showed that not all faculty are embracing distance education technology and that changes need to occur for them to have a more positive experience with distance education.


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Copyright 1999 Daniel L. Balman

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