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ERIC Number: EJ1202367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2472-5749
The Effect of a Multifactor Orientation on Student Performance: Organizational Skills, Goal Setting, Orientation to Classroom, and Academic Support
McKenna, Barbara; Finamore, Dora; Hewitt, E. Valerie; Watson, Linda; Millam, Loretta A.; Reinhardt, Michelle
Online Learning, v22 n4 p265-276 Dec 2018
This quantitative study examined the effects of an online synchronous orientation on the final grade of students enrolled in a first-term online class. The multifactor orientation focused on several factors which are thought to contribute to online student success, including organizational skills, goal setting, orientation to the online classroom, and academic support. Six course sections (three treatment and three control) were included in the study. In each of the three treatment sections, students had the option of participating in the orientation during the second week of the term; about half in each section did so. Controlling for course performance at the second week, students who attended the orientation earned significantly higher end-of-term grades, compared to either control students (who were not offered the option of the orientation) or to students who were offered the extra seminar but did not attend it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A