ERIC Number: ED362251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Grade Distribution Study: Telecourses vs. Traditional Courses.
Searcy, Robert D.; And Others
A study was conducted at John C. Calhoun State Community College (JCSCC), in Alabama, to determine whether there is a significant difference between the grade distribution in sections taught using the telecourse format and in sections taught by the same instructor in the same term, but utilizing traditional classroom format. Data for courses were collected from JCSCC's college course database, and were compared by figuring an average grade point average (GPA) for each section. There were 604 students enrolled in the 18 telecourse sections used in the study, and 368 students enrolled in the 18 regular sections. The study indicated no significant differences in average GPA's between telecourse (2.64) and traditional (2.86) formats. The range for GPA's for traditional sections was 1.47 (2.26 to 3.73), and the range for the telecourse sections was 2.29 (1.71 to 4.00). However, the results indicated that student completion rates might be higher in the traditional sections than in the telecourse sections, suggesting the need for additional research on student withdrawal in order to identify opportunities for improving the completion rate for telecourse students. Nineteen charts are presented representing the grade distribution and average GPA for each course, along with comparative information on numbers of students in the two sections. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Calhoun Community Coll., Decatur, AL.