Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 2005

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Studies


Carol Haggard


The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between instructor immediacy behavior and university student motivation and satisfaction in instructional video-based courses. In a mid-western state university, a total number of 89 college students who had experiences of distance learning via video programs participated in the present research. The self-report measures were used to determine student motivation levels, satisfaction levels, and perceptions of instructor immediacy behaviors. Pearson Product Moment Correlation revealed moderate relationship between student motivation and instructor immediacy. In line with the hypotheses, results indicated that students have higher motivation and satisfaction levels in the video-based classes in which instructors are perceived as more immediate to students in both verbal and nonverbal behaviors.


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