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ERIC Number: ED431393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 8
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The Effectiveness of the World Wide Web as an Instructional Tool.
Summary, Rebecca; Summary, Larry
This paper describes a project in the Department of Economics at Southeast Missouri State University undertaken to assess the actual and perceived impact of the World Wide Web upon student learning. Pre- and post-surveys were administered to students in "user" (i.e., instructors who incorporate the Web at least eight times in class and require students to use it for assignments) and "non-user" (i.e., instructors who incorporate the Web less than three times and do not require its use for assignments) sections of freshman and sophomore economics classes. These surveys measured student perceptions regarding: how the use of the Web in class or for assignments enhances learning; how the use of the Web makes the class more interesting; whether teachers should require Web assignments; whether the class is boring and irrelevant; convenience of obtaining access to the Web; and expected grade. Results indicate that the use of the Web improves students' attitudes toward the course. However, no evidence was found to support the claim that Web-based instruction improves actual or perceived student performance. (AEF)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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