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ERIC Number: EJ765063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
A Quasi-Experimental Study of Three Online Learning Courses in Computing
Connolly, Thomas M.; MacArthur, Ewan; Stansfield, Mark; McLellan, Evelyn
Computers & Education, v49 n2 p345-359 Sep 2007
This paper presents the results of a 3-year quasi-experimental study of three Masters courses in computing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the teaching and learning of these courses were enhanced by being developed and delivered in an online format as compared to face-to-face full-time and part-time delivery. Key methodological questions and issues to be examined were: (a) any observable difference in student performance as measured by end-of-module grades/marks; (b) any observable difference between coursework and exam performance in the technically-oriented modules; (c) any observable difference in dropout rates, student satisfaction and faculty satisfaction. The study examined the results from 4684 module enrolments, consisting of 269 online students, 796 part-time students, and 3619 full-time students distributed across 7 modules and 79 module instantiations. The data were gathered using a variety of different means which included interviews, end of module questionnaires, student records and enrolment data. The results show that the online students consistently perform better then the face-to-face students and the paper reflects on this finding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom