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Assessing Barriers to Online Learning for Minority Students in an Online Graduate Program

Ranjna Patel (Bethune Cookman University, USA)
Cecily Ball (Bethune Cookman University, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
HBCU Innovations (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research Study
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 2
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 10

A fairly new fully online graduate program was evaluated using a survey to determine the student's demographic characteristics, technical barriers, instructor barriers and personal barriers.

Extended Abstract

The data for the study was obtained using an online anonymous survey of all students enrolled in an online graduate program at a Historically Black University(HBCU). Fifty four students completed the survey. The findings indicated and supported that age did play a role in online learning. Other factors found to be important were personal barriers esp time management, balancing work and course demands and feelings of isolation and technical barriers such as LMS support and technology being too expensive. This suggested a need to improve technical support and developing strategies for student to student interaction in the courses.The results enabled the program's faculty to develop strategies to improve student learning in the program. Further data is being collected to see the improvement in student learning and continuous improvement.

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Professor in the School of Graduate Studies-Teaching in the Transformative Leadership Program- a fully online program using action research as its thesis focus.
I have a DBA from Kent State University in Administrative Sciences and Decision Sciences.