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ERIC Number: ED497943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: N/A
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Online Students Get Higher Course Grades: An Educational Myth
Reigle, Rosemary R.
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The purpose of the study was to determine whether students expect to earn higher grades in their online courses. In spring of 2007 a confidential Web survey was posted to randomly selected higher education online classrooms across the country. The survey sought to ascertain whether students' ground school course grades were comparable to those they received in online courses and whether they anticipated higher grades in online courses. Participants were made up of undergraduates, Running Start and continuing education students, and others in certificated programs. This was followed by six informal interviews conducted with university students. Results showed that a large percentage of respondents reported maintaining GPAs above 3.5. More than 25% of respondents indicated that they expected to receive higher grades in online courses even though a comparison of reported GPAs showed that there were marginal differences between the grades students received in online courses and those they received in ground school courses. The data suggests that overall grading standards are lower than in the past but are at least as stringent for online courses as they are for ground schools. Further research might explore such issues as whether online curriculum assessment is keeping pace and why students believe that higher grades are easier to achieve in online courses.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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