Online Learning Perceptions and Effectiveness of Research Methods Courses
Ming-Tsan Lu, Javier Cavazos, University of Texas at Brownsville, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
In this paper, we first reviewed related literature on possible factors that influence learning between an online course format and a face-to-face (F2F) course format. We investigated online learning and F2F learning perceptions and effectiveness of a graduate level Research Methods course from adult learners. We designed a questionnaire for comparing features, experiences, and strengths and weaknesses between online research methods coursework and F2F research methods coursework. Thirty-three graduate students who took the same introductory Research Methods course in different formats participated in the study. We conducted content analysis for qualitative data and exploratory data analysis, bivariate correlation analysis, and mean comparisons for quantitative data using SPSS. We presented our findings and analysis results. Future directions, study limitations and practical implications were discussed.
Lu, M.T. & Cavazos, J. (2013). Online Learning Perceptions and Effectiveness of Research Methods Courses. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2227-2234). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).