Title

Student Satisfaction With and Success In On-Line and On-Site English Composition Classes

Date of Award

2002

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was two-fold: first, to ascertain if community college students believe that the on-line teaching methodology is as effective as the traditional classroom methodology, and second, to discover what difference, if any, exists between the success rates in English Composition II between students taking English Composition I on-site and students taking English Composition I on-line. A survey was constructed and included questions requesting basic demographic data, reasons for choosing a specific methodology, grades, and overall satisfaction in English Composition I and English Composition II. The respondents for this study consisted of students in Mississippi's 15 community and junior colleges who were enrolled in 2000 level English classes, both on-line and on-site, and answered questions pertaining to their experiences in English Composition I and English Composition II. The findings of this study indicate that students in Mississippi's 15 public community and junior colleges are satisfied with the quality of both on-line and on-site English Composition I and English Composition II classes. The level of satisfaction does not differ from those taking on-line classes and those taking on-site classes. There is no significant difference between the success rates in English Composition II of on-line and on-site students. The data collected indicate that on-line and on-site methodologies are comparable and interchangeable. Students in Mississippi's 15 public community and junior colleges taking English Composition I and English Composition II are satisfied with the educational quality and experience of both the on-line and the on-site methodologies. There is a significant relationship between success in English Composition I and English Composition regardless of the methodology. No demographic factors in this study affect success for students opting to take either methodology. Students who choose to take English Composition I on-line are as successful in either methodology of English Composition II as those students taking English Composition I on-site. There is no significant difference in the rates of satisfaction and success in the four possible groups, on-line/on-line, on-line/on-site, on-site/on-line, and on-site/on-site.