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ERIC Number: ED427752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug-17
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation Comparison of Online and Classroom Instruction for HEPE 129--Fitness and Lifestyle Management Course.
Davies, Randall S.; Mendenhall, Robert
This evaluation compared online (i.e., World Wide Web-based) and classroom instructional delivery methods for the Health Education/Physical Education course, "Fitness and Lifestyle Management," at Brigham Young University (Utah). The results of the study were intended to add to the discussion on the value of web-based courses as a means of providing quality instruction. A comparison of online and classroom students' achievement for specific lessons of the course show that the test scores were not significantly different. This indicates that either method for providing instruction could satisfactorily be used to learn course content when students fully participate and use the materials provided. A large majority of students who took online instruction indicated a definite opinion about which learning experience they preferred. Most students tended to prefer the classroom experience; however, students' reasons for choosing one method over the other had little to do with the quality of instruction. An individual's personal situation, social issues, and the perceived benefits of a specific delivery method were often the determining factor in a student's preference. It was clear that neither the classroom nor the online instruction fully met the learning needs of all students. The diverse needs of students warrant the existence of classroom courses with equivalent online courses. It was concluded that the university should continue to use and improve quality classroom instruction as they look to alternative methods for providing other quality learning experiences such as online instruction. (Contains 11 tables and 20 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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