Adoption of Asynchronous Learning Tools by Traditional Full-Time Students: A Pilot Study
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Comparing the performance of distance learning and on-campus students is a well-studied problem. Results have shown that distance learners can perform as well or better than on-campus students. Few studies, however, have explored how or why traditional on-campus students utilize the technology intended for distance learners. Many universities and corporations provide educational and training content simultaneously to both face-to-face and distance students. Thus, exploring how instructional technology typically designed for distance learning students could benefit traditional students is important to our understanding of present and future learning environments. To this end, a pilot study was undertaken that explored how graduate students – primarily business majors – adopted and used video-streaming technology for a one semester course on Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques. Results indicated that age, previous use of the technology, need for interaction and Internet connectivity all influenced the decisions of the subjects to adopt the technology. Two-thirds of the subjects used the technology, with a self-reported estimate of procuring 16% of the course content asynchronously. Most used video streaming for convenience reasons and to review class material.
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