The Impact of Remote-Site Group Size on Student Satisfaction and Relative Performance in Interactive Telecourses

Paul M. Biner
Kimberly D. Welsh
Natalie M. Barone
Marcia Summers
Raymond S. Dean

Abstract

Undergraduate college students in seventeen live, interactive telecourses at sixty-eight remote sites were asked to report their satisfaction with various facets of their telecourses, as well as their overall satisfaction with the courses. In addition, an index of relative performance was calculated for each student in which achievement in the current telecourse was compared to prior overall academic achievement. Results showed that remote?site group size (i.e., the number of individuals taking a course at a given site) significantly predicted satisfaction with all facets of the courses, overall satisfaction with the courses, and relative performance. Students attending class sessions with fewer students reported being more satisfied with the courses and were more likely to perform at levels exceeding their previous academic performance than students attending the sessions with a greater number of students. Practical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.

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APA Citation

Biner, P. M., Welsh, K. D., Barone, N. M., Summers, M., & Dean, R. S. (1997). The Impact of Remote-Site Group Size on Student Satisfaction and Relative Performance in Interactive Telecourses. American Journal of Distance Education, 11(1), 23-33.

About the Study

Links to Article https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08923649709526949
https://doi.org/10.1080/08923649709526949
Mode Online
Publication Type Book
In Publication The American Journal of Distance Education
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Student motivation
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics Other
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size 200-299
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