Rakesh S. P. and Dr. Geetha C.

    Designation : Research Scholar, Department of PG Studies and Research in Education, Kuvempu University, Shankarghatta, Shivamogga, Karnataka

    Journal Name : Reserach maGma

    Abstract :
    The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of important predictor variables on studentís satisfaction in distance learning. Most of the students perceive distance learning as of poor quality. Therefore, the researcher is conducting this study to find out whether it's only a studentís perception or is there anything in reality, concerning the poor performance of the distance learning students and how studentsí satisfaction could be measured in distance learning. In the present study, descriptive method of research was used by the researcher. The design adopted in the study was survey design. Students enrolled for graduate courses in Kuvempu University Directorate of Distance Education was selected as the sample for this study in order to analyse the studentsí satisfaction with distance learning courses, a structured questionnaire was used, this questionnaire includes 50 items related to satisfaction, Instructor Performance, Course Evaluation and Technology and collected the data through self-administered questionnaire. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data in the study using SPSS. The statistical techniques used were Descriptive Statistics, Pearson Product Moment Correlation (r) and Multiple Linear Regression. Findings revealed a significant positive correlation exists between studentís satisfaction towards distance learning with Instructor Performance, Course Evaluation and Technology. Course Evaluation is the first predicting variable followed by Instructor Performance and Technology. Quality Distance Learning requires careful attention to learning design, effective faculty training, organizational commitment to adequate program support, selection of appropriate delivery technology, and a focus on student learning outcomes.

    Keywords :
    Studentís Satisfaction, Distance Learning, Instructor Performance, Course Evaluation and Technology.

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