Measuring Student Perceptions in Web-Based Courses: A Standards-Based Approach"


This paper outlines a method of identifying student perceptions throughout a distance learning course. Using a questionnaire based on standards from the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) as a guide, instructors and administrators can measure various aspects of the distance education experience and their importance to students. By implementing the questionnaire before, during, and after a course, the results can be analyzed at each individual point in time and also in terms of change over time. Similarly the results can be compared to benchmarks for the IHEP standards to assess class perceptions relative to other students. Such measurements can provide insight into the perceptions of the distance learning student during the educational process where few other accepted measurement methods exist.

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