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ERIC Number: EJ1203328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Hands-On Engagement Online: Using a Randomised Control Trial to Estimate the Impact of an At-Home Lab Kit on Student Attitudes and Achievement in a MOOC
DeBoer, Jennifer; Haney, Casey; Atiq, S. Zahra; Smith, Casey; Cox, David
European Journal of Engineering Education, v44 n1-2 p234-252 2019
A shortcoming of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is the lack of substantive integration of hands-on activities into online classrooms. We conducted a randomised control trial (RCT) in a MOOC where we sent the treatment group at-home lab kits with which they could perform experiments in their own homes. In our intervention research, we found that, at the end of the course, students in the treatment group had significantly higher exam scores and levels of self-efficacy to perform in the topic area than their control group counterparts. Students' growth in self-concept was not significantly different. Findings have implications for distance courses in engineering and other science, technology, engineering, and math areas that traditionally have laboratory components. Furthermore, our findings illustrate the potential amplifying effect of this learning environment configuration for engineering instructors. Finally, this study illustrates how the dispersed nature of MOOCs facilitates RCTs and a recursive process linking theory and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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