ERIC Number: EJ935926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effect of Learning Style on Preference for Web-Based Courses and Learning Outcomes
Zacharis, Nick Z.
British Journal of Educational Technology, v42 n5 p790-800 Sep 2011
As the number of courses offered online increases rapidly, it is important for teachers and institutions to identify specific learner characteristics of successful online students. This paper reports on a study that compared an online group of freshmen computer science majors with an equivalent on-campus group to find if their individual learning styles play a role in the selection of course delivery mode (online or face to face) and in their academic achievement. No significant statistical differences were detected in learning styles and learning performance between the two groups. Implications for teaching practice and design of learning activities that resulted from this study are discussed.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Cognitive Style, Student Attitudes, Preferences, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement, Conventional Instruction, Electronic Learning, Course Selection (Students), Web Based Instruction, Online Courses, Computer Science Education, Comparative Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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