As computer science and information systems departments face declining enrollments, we must find ways to attract and retain students. One option is through partnering with high schools to attract students into the IT field. As we work to reach more students, distance learning offers an alternative method to reach many students. However, some argue that satisfaction levels of students taking distance learning courses is lower than that of students taking traditional courses. This study compares the satisfaction levels of high school students and college students taking an almost identical IT Foundations course. Preliminary results suggest that levels of satisfaction for the two groups are similarly high. Several potential areas of improvement in delivery of distance learning courses are also discussed.
Woszczynski, Amy B. and Geist, Debra Bass, "A Comparision of College and High School Students in an Online IT Foundations Course" (2006). SAIS 2006 Proceedings. 4.