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Title: An investigation into the need for co-curricular student services for distance education students
Authors: Ruth, David A.
Keywords: Education technology;Distance education;Computer technical support
Issue Date: 29-Jun-2005
Abstract: This case study investigated the need for co-curricular student services for distance education students within a college of nursing and health professions at a large urban university. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used, including interviews with faculty and administrators responsible for teaching, developing and administering online courses and a semantic differential questionnaire administered online nursing and allied health professions students. The results of the study were that students ranked academic advising, computer technical support and library services as more crucial than student activities, involvement in student organizations and student governance, which they ranked as less essential. The faculty identified the need for the university to create a sense of community with the students. The conclusions were that online students do not need the same kinds of services provided to the traditional campus students and, most significantly, that the role of the student affairs professional has changed as a result of distance education. Recommendations include the need for student affairs professionals to work more collaboratively with faculty and administration to craft services that are useful and effective for online students, to create ways to build community with online students and the university, and to incorporate a continuous evaluation process in online programs to develop standards for co-curricular services.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/499
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