Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn


Rowan University--Graduate students--Attitudes; Distance education; Internet in education


Library and Information Science


Many important issues need to be addressed in order to implement distance education programs successfully. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of using technology for course delivery, the attitudes of the students participating must also be considered. The purpose of this study was to identify the attitudes of a sample of College of Education graduate students at Rowan University in order to understand their acceptance of or resistance to Web-enhanced courses and the use of WebCT as an instructional delivery tool. Surveys were delivered to 24 professors in the College of Education, who used WebCT as an instructional tool, to be distributed to graduate students at the end of their Fall 2002 courses. A total of 155 completed surveys provided the results. The survey results indicated that 59% of the College of Education graduate students and 48% of the School and Public Library Program graduate students said that they would rather take a course that used WebCT than one that did not. However, the students indicated a need to address the following issues: server technical problems, student training on WebCT, professor training on WebCT, and the need for the University to continue to provide both Web-enhanced and traditional courses.