ERIC Number: EJ918658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Online Credit Nutrition Courses: A Systematic Review
Cohen, Nancy L.; Carbone, Elena T.; Beffa-Negrini, Patricia A.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n2 p76-86 Mar-Apr 2011
Objective: To assess how postsecondary online nutrition education courses (ONEC) are delivered, determine ONEC effectiveness, identify theoretical models used, and identify future research needs. Design: Systematic search of database literature. Setting: Postsecondary education. Participants: Nine research articles evaluating postsecondary ONEC. Main Outcome Measures: Knowledge/performance outcomes and student satisfaction, motivation, or perceptions. Analysis: Systematic search of 922 articles and review of 9 articles meeting search criteria. Results: Little research regarding ONEC marketing/management existed. Studies primarily evaluated introductory courses using email/websites (before 2000), or course management systems (after 2002). None used true experimental designs; just 3 addressed validity or reliability of measures or pilot-tested instruments. Three articles used theoretical models in course design; few used theories to guide evaluations. Four quasi-experimental studies indicated no differences in nutrition knowledge/performance between online and face-to-face learners. Results were inconclusive regarding student satisfaction, motivation, or perceptions. Conclusions and Implications: Students can gain knowledge in online as well as in face-to-face nutrition courses, but satisfaction was mixed. More up-to-date investigations on effective practices are warranted, using theories to identify factors that enhance student outcomes, addressing emerging technologies, and documenting ONEC marketing, management, and delivery. Adequate training/support for faculty is needed to improve student experiences and faculty time management.
Descriptors: Research Needs, Introductory Courses, Management Systems, Models, Time Management, Nutrition Instruction, Online Courses, Course Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Validity, Reliability, Electronic Mail, Web Sites, Faculty Development, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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