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ERIC Number: EJ1154108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2472-5749
Exploring Factors Related to Completion of an Online Undergraduate-Level Introductory Statistics Course
Zimmerman, Whitney Alicia; Johnson, Glenn
Online Learning, v21 n3 p191-205 2017
Data were collected from 353 online undergraduate introductory statistics students at the beginning of a semester using the Goals and Outcomes Associated with Learning Statistics (GOALS) instrument and an abbreviated form of the Statistics Anxiety Rating Scale (STARS). Data included a survey of expected grade, expected time commitment, and the first lesson quiz. At the end of the semester, whether each student completed the course with a grade of D or higher was recorded. It was hypothesized that students who successfully completed the course would have favorable ratings on each of these variables. While there were no significant differences between students who did and did not successfully complete the course in terms of anxiety, attitudes, or expected time commitment, students who completed the course had higher scores on the GOALS, higher expected grades, and higher scores on the first quiz of the semester. Stepwise logistic regression found that students' attitudes towards statistics teachers and scores on the first quiz of the semester could be used to predict whether students would successfully complete the course. Based on these findings, suggestions for online instructors are given.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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