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Students Veterans’ Preference for Traditional Versus Online Course Formats: A Case Study at Two Midwestern Universities

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Tara Hembrough ,

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, US
About Tara
Dr. Tara Hembrough is an Assistant Professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She teaches military-friendly composition and professional and technical writing courses for the English Department. Her current research focuses on Native American student-veterans.
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Amy Madewell,

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, US
About Amy
Amy N. Madewell, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, earned a Ph.D. in quantitative psychology from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include the study of protective factors, risk, and resilience, and psychological aspects of veteran student matriculation.
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Kameron Dunn

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, US
About Kameron
KameronDunn is a student at Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a research focus in critical theory. He is currently conducting research on student veteran education at his home institution, and he will be a research intern at Stanford University this summer.
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Abstract

Recently, there have been many discussions about how to meet student veterans’ needs according to curricular and course formats. While national studies indicate that many student veterans enroll in online classes, questions about the nature of their preferences and requisites, especially in some university environments, remain. For instance, how do traditional and online course formats address different student veterans’ needs and desires? This article discusses a three-year, case study of student veterans’ course preferences at a comprehensive research university and a regional university and involves forty-two student veterans and fifty-nine nonveterans. Based upon results from survey data and the follow-up interviews of thirty student veterans, students describe their course format preferences. Many students in our sample have a low-socioeconomic status, live in a rural location, work full-time, and have children. Moreover, despite the large number of adult learners participants included, the majority describe themselves as having the digital proficiency necessary for engaging in online courses. Nonetheless, in this study, most students, including those of all ages, preferred traditional classes, with the student veterans reporting that the traditional format gave them a better connection with their teacher and peers, as well as accommodating their learning style. The study’s results have implications for teachers and administrators seeking information about providing course format options for student veterans.

How to Cite: Hembrough, T., Madewell, A. and Dunn, K., 2018. Students Veterans’ Preference for Traditional Versus Online Course Formats: A Case Study at Two Midwestern Universities. Journal of Veterans Studies, 3(2), pp.57–93.
Published on 30 Aug 2018.

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