Two Peas in a Pod? A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Web Based Classrooms
Gale Mentzer, The University of Toledo, United States ; JohnRobert Cryan, The, United States ; Berhane Teclehaimanot, The University of Toledo, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 15, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
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 face-to-face (f2f) section. Using a quasi-experimental design, students were randomly assigned to the two course sections. Group equivalency was established using an instrument designed to determine learning preferences and both versions of the course were delivered by the same instructor. Student learning outcomes compared student test grades and overall grades (included all assignments). To measure student perceptions of student-teacher interactions as well as satisfaction with the course as a whole, identical, end-of-semester evaluations were completed and compared. Finally, to provide an unbiased measure of student-teacher interaction, a modified interaction analysis instrument based upon the work of N. Flanders was used. Findings revealed that student performance on tests was equivalent; however student final grades were lower in the web-based course due to incomplete assignments. Classroom interaction analysis found differences due to delivery methods. Finally, 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.
Mentzer, G., Cryan, J. & Teclehaimanot, B. (2007). Two Peas in a Pod? A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Web Based Classrooms. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 15(2), 233-246. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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