Two Peas in a Pod? A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Web Based Classrooms
John R Cryan, University of Toledo, United States ; Gale Mentzer, Measurement Consultant, United States ; Berhane Teclehaimanot, University of Toledo, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study compared student learning outcomes and student perceptions of and satisfaction with the learning process between two sections of the same class—a web based section and a traditional f2f section. Using a quasi-experimental design, students were randomly assigned to the two course sections. Group equivalency was established and both versions of the course were delivered by the same instructor. Learning outcomes compared tests and overall grades. To measure student perceptions and satisfaction, identical, end-of-semester evaluations were compared. Findings revealed that student performance on tests was equivalent; student final grades were lower in the web based course due to incomplete assignments. While all student perceptions of the course and the instructor were above average, the f2f group rated both variables statistically significantly higher. Conclusions suggest that the f2f encounter motivates students to a higher degree and also provides students with another layer of information concerning the instructor that is absent in the web based course.
Cryan, J.R., Mentzer, G. & Teclehaimanot, B. (2004). Two Peas in a Pod? A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Web Based Classrooms. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 397-403). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).