Computer technology and student preferences in a nutrition course

Norman J. Temple, Wendy C. Kemp, Wendy A. Benson

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This study assessed learner preferences for using computer‐based technology in a distance education course. A questionnaire was posted to students who had taken an undergraduate nutrition course at Athabasca University, Canada. The response rate was 57.1% (176 returned out of 308). Subjects were predominately female (93.7%) and nursing students (61.7%). Most students favoured having a web page with frequently asked questions (FAQ) and emailing their tutor rather than using a telephone (76.0% and 58.2%, respectively). Support for having a chat room was weaker (45.7% in favour, 41.1% neutral). Students had generally negative opinions on receiving course materials via a computer, with only 4.0% favouring this for the textbook. Students who were younger or had previously taken a computer‐based course were generally more likely to favour emailing their tutor and using computer‐based course materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalOpen Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb. 2006


  • Computer‐based learning
  • Student preferences
  • Technology


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