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ERIC Number: EJ850356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1324-0781
Does Distance Learning Work? A Large Sample, Control Group Study of Student Success in Distance Learning
Koch, James
E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology, v8 n1 2005
This article presents a large sample, control group study of student success in distance learning. The data sample consists of a very large distance education sample (76,866 individual student observations) and an invaluable control group of students who took the identical course at the same time from the same instructor, but did so "in person" in a conventional "bricks and mortar" location. The results indicate that gender, age, ethnic background, distance learning experience, experience with the institution providing the instruction, and measures of academic aptitude and previous academic success are statistically significant determinants of student success. Similarly, faculty characteristics such as gender, age, ethnic background, and educational background are statistically significant predictors of student success, though not necessarily in the manner one might hypothesize. (Contains 4 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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