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ERIC Number: ED432286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
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A Comparison of an All Web-Based Class to a Traditional Class.
Jones, Edward R.
A recent study at California State University at Northridge reported that students in a virtual classroom score 20% higher than students in a traditional classroom. The primary purpose of the study presented in this paper was to replicate these results and to investigate advantages and disadvantages of a World Wide Web-based class. Major objectives were to: (1) evaluate performance differences between students in a Web-based class and those in a traditional classroom setting when students are allowed to select the course they prefer; (2) evaluate the hypothesis that the background of students who prefer to enroll in a Web-based course is not different from those who prefer to enroll in a traditional class; and (3) identify what advantages the technology used in a Web-based class has in terms of enhancing learning objectives. Participants were 89 students enrolled in two sections of an introductory statistics course at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, one taught in a traditional classroom and the other taught entirely via the Internet. Dependent variables were student demographics, test scores, and student withdrawal and passing rates. The major conclusion was that the results reported in the earlier study do not appear to be reproducible, at least with this student population. (Contains five tables and six references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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