Effect of geographic distance on distance education: An empirical study

Heng Luo, Anthony C. Robinson, Jim Detwiler

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of geographic distance on students' distance learning experience with the aim to provide tentative answers to a fundamental question - does geographic distance matter in distance education? Using educational outcome data collected from an online master's program in Geographic Information Systems, this study calculates the distance between students' residences and the program location, and employs three hierarchical multiple regression models to examine how well geographic distance can predict a student's online learning performance, satisfaction with the program, and length of time to complete, when controlling for other relevant factors. Our research findings provide empirical evidence to support the claim that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has in fact overcome the potential barriers that may be associated with distance in education and has provided an effective bridge between students and educational programs. The study also reveals interesting discoveries regarding the relationship between students' distance learning experience and certain student characteristics such as age, gender, and previous academic achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Educators Online
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Fingerprint

education
student
distance learning
learning performance
educational program
academic achievement
communication technology
information system
experience
information technology
regression
gender
evidence
time

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Cite this

@article{d28a2a99c65d4792856dc271c7e5d10d,
title = "Effect of geographic distance on distance education: An empirical study",
abstract = "This study investigates the effect of geographic distance on students' distance learning experience with the aim to provide tentative answers to a fundamental question - does geographic distance matter in distance education? Using educational outcome data collected from an online master's program in Geographic Information Systems, this study calculates the distance between students' residences and the program location, and employs three hierarchical multiple regression models to examine how well geographic distance can predict a student's online learning performance, satisfaction with the program, and length of time to complete, when controlling for other relevant factors. Our research findings provide empirical evidence to support the claim that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has in fact overcome the potential barriers that may be associated with distance in education and has provided an effective bridge between students and educational programs. The study also reveals interesting discoveries regarding the relationship between students' distance learning experience and certain student characteristics such as age, gender, and previous academic achievement.",
author = "Heng Luo and Robinson, {Anthony C.} and Jim Detwiler",
year = "2014",
month = "7",
doi = "10.9743/JEO.2014.3.1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "11",
journal = "Journal of Educators Online",
issn = "1547-500X",
publisher = "Matthew Elbeck",
number = "3",

}

Effect of geographic distance on distance education : An empirical study. / Luo, Heng; Robinson, Anthony C.; Detwiler, Jim.

In: Journal of Educators Online, Vol. 11, No. 3, 07.2014.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Effect of geographic distance on distance education

T2 - An empirical study

AU - Luo, Heng

AU - Robinson, Anthony C.

AU - Detwiler, Jim

PY - 2014/7

Y1 - 2014/7

N2 - This study investigates the effect of geographic distance on students' distance learning experience with the aim to provide tentative answers to a fundamental question - does geographic distance matter in distance education? Using educational outcome data collected from an online master's program in Geographic Information Systems, this study calculates the distance between students' residences and the program location, and employs three hierarchical multiple regression models to examine how well geographic distance can predict a student's online learning performance, satisfaction with the program, and length of time to complete, when controlling for other relevant factors. Our research findings provide empirical evidence to support the claim that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has in fact overcome the potential barriers that may be associated with distance in education and has provided an effective bridge between students and educational programs. The study also reveals interesting discoveries regarding the relationship between students' distance learning experience and certain student characteristics such as age, gender, and previous academic achievement.

AB - This study investigates the effect of geographic distance on students' distance learning experience with the aim to provide tentative answers to a fundamental question - does geographic distance matter in distance education? Using educational outcome data collected from an online master's program in Geographic Information Systems, this study calculates the distance between students' residences and the program location, and employs three hierarchical multiple regression models to examine how well geographic distance can predict a student's online learning performance, satisfaction with the program, and length of time to complete, when controlling for other relevant factors. Our research findings provide empirical evidence to support the claim that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has in fact overcome the potential barriers that may be associated with distance in education and has provided an effective bridge between students and educational programs. The study also reveals interesting discoveries regarding the relationship between students' distance learning experience and certain student characteristics such as age, gender, and previous academic achievement.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84940257421&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84940257421&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.9743/JEO.2014.3.1

DO - 10.9743/JEO.2014.3.1

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84940257421

VL - 11

JO - Journal of Educators Online

JF - Journal of Educators Online

SN - 1547-500X

IS - 3

ER -