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Students' criteria for course selection: Towards a metadata standard for distributed higher education.


By 2007, one half of higher education students are expected to enroll in distributed learning courses. Higher education institutions need to attract students searching the Internet for courses and need to provide students with enough information to select courses. Internet resource discovery tools are readily available, however, users have difficulty selecting relevant resources. In part this is due to the lack of a standard for representation of Internet resources. An emerging solution is metadata. In the educational domain, the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) has specified a Learning Object Metadata (LOM) standard.; This exploratory study (a) determined criteria students think are important for selecting higher education courses, (b) discovered relationships between these criteria and students' demographic characteristics, educational status, and Internet experience, and (c) evaluated these criteria vis-à-vis the IEEE LTSC LOM standard. Web-based questionnaires (N = 209) measured (a) the criteria students think are important in the selection of higher education courses, and (b) three factors that might influence students' selections. Respondents were principally female (66%), employed full time (57%), and located in the U.S. (89%). The chi square goodness-of-fit test determined 40 criteria students think are important and exploratory factor analysis determined five common factors among the top 21 criteria, three evaluative factors and two descriptive. Results indicated evaluation criteria are very important in course selection. Spearman correlation coefficients and chi-square tests of independence determined the relationships between the importance of selection criteria and demographic characteristics educational status, and Internet experience. Four profiles emerged representing groups of students with unique concerns. Side by side analysis determined if the IEEE LTSC LOM standard included the criteria of importance to students. The IEEE LOM by itself is not enough to meet students course selection needs. Recommendations include development of a metadata standard for course evaluation and accommodation of group differences in information retrieval systems.......

【作者名称】: Murray, Kathleen Rose.
【作者单位】: University of North Texas.
【关 键 词】: Students' criteria for course selection: Towards a metadata standard for distributed higher education.
【授予学位单位】: University of North Texas.
【期刊论文数据库】: [DBS_Articles_01]
【期刊论文编号】: 102,590,920
【摘要长度】: 2,266
【学科】: Library Science.; Computer Science.; Education, Higher.
【学位】: Ph.D.
【上篇论文】: 学术学位 - Student perceptions and expectations of library services quality and user satisfaction at Walters State Community College.
【下篇论文】: 学术学位 - Personal and cultural values as factors in user satisfaction: A comparative study of users of library services.

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