Comparing Student Evaluations of Traditional and Online Instruction: A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach
Heather Fox, Towson University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study compared graduate student perceptions of an online and traditional face-to-face educational research methods course taught simultaneously by the same instructor. Four sections of graduate students responded to identical end-of-semester course and instructor evaluations. The students also completed an in-depth qualitative survey of their perceptions of various activities and experiences included in the class. Results indicated that instructor ratings were largely unaffected by mode of delivery; however, student perceptions of the online course were statistically significantly lower than the traditional F2F course. A number of potential explanations were uncovered in the qualitative evaluations, suggesting that faculty should utilize various mechanisms to provide online students with an educational experience as rich as their F2F counterparts.
Fox, H. (2006). Comparing Student Evaluations of Traditional and Online Instruction: A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 344-349). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).