The Evolution of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Classes when Delivered via Distance Education
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
This study examined whether new streamed Internet audio and video technology could be used for primary instruction in off-campus research classes. Several different off-campus student cohorts at Illinois State university enrolled in both a fall semester qualitative research methods class and a spring semester quantitative research methods class. Both classes combined asynchronous web-based materials with synchronous audio and video transmissions. Both courses used a combination of Real Media's Real Encoder and Real Player technology (for transmitting the audio and video components of the live class from the instructor to the remote students) and real-time chat and discussion group software (for bi-direction typewritten interaction between the remote students and the instructor). Both courses demonstrated that it was possible to deliver even highly technical research-oriented courses over the Internet using streaming audio and video technologies. However, both courses also encountered several critical problems and issues, such as a sense of disconnection from the group by distance students and added time pressures for instructors. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/DB)
Hecht, J.B. & Klass, P.H. (1999). The Evolution of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Classes when Delivered via Distance Education. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1999.