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The Learning Conference 2003

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A Comparison of Learners' Perceptions of Web and Interactive Video Classes

Dr Dale E. Thompson, Buddy Lyle, Cecelia Thompson, Betsy Orr.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Vocational and Adult education at the University of Arkansas have the choice of taking classes presented by web or multiple-site interactive video. The purpose of this study was to determine students' perceptions of the delivery system and their perceived level of learning. The survey included items about the benefits of distance education, such as convenience of class location and scheduling; negative aspects, such as difficulty of interaction with other students and instructors or anxiety created by use of technology; the presentation of class materials such as amount of material covered, organization of content, or variety of class activities; the learning environment required for both types of learning, such as dealing with distractions during class or study time; level of self-direction required by learners; expectations for classes; and level of learning. Some participants were enrolled in their first distance education class, while others had experienced both presentation formats.


Dr Dale E. Thompson  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Department of RHRC, Vocational Education
University of Arkansas

Dr. Thompson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Vocational and Adult Education by ITV and web.

Buddy Lyle

Cecelia Thompson  (United States)

University of Arkansas

Dr. Cecelia Thompson is a Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Her program area is Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Teacher Education

Betsy Orr  (United States)

College of Education and Health Professions
University of Arkansas

Dr. Betsy Orr is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Orr has written numerous articles on teacher education and is the certification office of licensure at
the University of Arkansas.

  • Web Classes
  • Interactive Video Classes
  • Distance Learning

(30 min Conference Paper, English)