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There is a wide array of approaches that produce materials (courseware) for the delivery of university level courses via Distance Learning (DL). DL has increasingly become part of university systems across the United States and is expected to grow to 10% of enrollment at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) by the start of the next millennium. RIT has been a pioneer in DL with over 148 DL courses offered each year. With this expected growth of course offerings, strain has begun to take place on production support personnel and facilities at RIT and elsewhere. This study, supported by a Provost Productivity Improvement grant from RIT, set out to point the way to a video lecture production approach that can be accomplished by faculty much in the same manner they produce course materials for conventional classroom delivery. This paper details the effort that went into the planning, execution, and delivery of two courses in the graduate program in applied statistics in the College of Engineering at RIT. The educational effectiveness of these courses is reported by making statistical comparisons with parallel courses taught in the conventional classroom by the same instructor. (Contains student evaluations of the course. (Author/DLS)

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Conventional Instruction, Course Evaluation, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Engineering Education, Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Lecture Method, Material Development, Models, Production Techniques, Student Attitudes, Videotape Recordings, World Wide Web

Autor: Barker, Thomas B.


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