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ERIC Number: EJ1142899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Engagement with Online Self-Tests as a Predictor of Student Success
Thomas, Judith A.; Wadsworth, Dan; Jin, Ying; Clarke, Jim; Page, Rachel; Thunders, Michelle
Higher Education Research and Development, v36 n5 p1061-1071 2017
Online self-testing as part of the online learning environment (OLE) provides practice questions on key concepts with immediate feedback--in a "no-risk" environment. OLE activity was analysed for 471 on-site and distance students enrolled in health science courses to determine total activity on the OLE and usage of online self-tests. The study also aimed to determine whether utilisation of self-tests differed by final grade, particularly between students who just pass (C grades and Restricted pass) and those who fail (D and E grades). Results indicated that on-site students were significantly more active on the OLE compared to distance students. However, these groups engaged similarly with self-tests and achieved a similar distribution of grades. A significant positive relationship was found between final grade achieved and percentage of self-tests attempted. This relationship was significant regardless of study status (on-site or distance), course studied or total activity logged. A more targeted analysis of C + R vs. D + E students showed that although these two groups were similar on overall usage of the OLE, C + R students utilised self-tests to a significantly greater extent. Recommendations from this study are that students (particularly those struggling to achieve academic success) should be directed towards online self-tests.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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