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ERIC Number: EJ813314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
An Empirical Investigation of Student Achievement and Satisfaction in Different Learning Environments
Lim, Jon; Kim, May; Chen, Steve S.; Ryder, Cynthia E.
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n2 p113-119 Jun 2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of three different methods of instructional delivery (online instruction, traditional face-to-face instruction, and a combination of online and traditional instruction) on student achievement and satisfaction levels used in an undergraduate wellness course at a Midwestern university. Differences in the student ratings of the course and instructor, quality of learning, quality of communication, and support were also examined. One hundred fifty-three undergraduate students (71 men, 82 women; between the ages of 18 and 55 years, M = 22.5 years, SD = 7.0) completed a survey for this study. A survey was developed to examine student demographics, student perceptions of online learning, and student satisfaction levels. Comparing the mean scores of a written pretest and post-test among three groups was used to determine the content knowledge achievement of students. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Post hoc Scheffe multiple comparisons were conducted to compare the effects of the three different methods of instructional delivery on student achievement and satisfaction levels. The results of this study indicated that students in the online learning group and the combined learning group had statistically significant higher levels of achievement than students in the traditional learning group (p less than 0.01). Students in the combined learning group had significant greater satisfaction levels with their overall learning experience than students in the traditional learning group (p less than 0.05). But, no significant differences were found between the online learning and traditional learning groups. Most students indicated that they would like to see an online option when enrolling for the course in the future. These findings suggest that a well-designed online course and a web-enhanced residential course can be effective in teaching wellness. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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