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ERIC Number: EJ776784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
Are They the Same? Comparing the Instructional Quality of Online and Face-to-Face Graduate Education Courses
Topper, Andrew
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v32 n6 p681-691 Dec 2007
As instructors adopt web-based learning environments, they must consider how students' evaluations of learning reflect the overall quality of instruction. Traditional course evaluations are used for faculty retention, tenure and promotion decisions, but also provide instructors with valuable information on the quality of their instruction. This study looks at response rates and compares instructional quality, using student course evaluations along with additional data from online and face-to-face graduate education courses, to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. A statistical analysis of students' course evaluations showed no significant difference in instructional quality based on the format used. Together with comparisons of student work, these results provide additional evidence in support of the finding of no significant difference between formats in the area of instructional quality. (Contains 7 tables and an appendix listing university course evaluation items.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A