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Are students studying in the online mode faring as well as students studying in the face - to - face mode? Has equivalence in learning been achieved?

Fonolahi, Aluwesi V and Khan, Mohammad G.M. and Jokhan, Anjeela D. (2014) Are students studying in the online mode faring as well as students studying in the face - to - face mode? Has equivalence in learning been achieved? Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 10 (4). pp. 598-609. ISSN 1558-9528

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    Abstract

    With the shift in pedagogy from learning in the traditional classroom setting (face-to face mode) to online learning, it is important to find out how students are faring in the online mode and if equivalence in learning is achieved in the two modes. To answer these questions, the course results of students studying a first year undergraduate mathematics course in the two different modes at The University of the South Pacific were compared. The study revealed that there was no statistical significant difference in the pass rates of the students studying in the two modes but the students studying in the online mode had a significantly higher attrition rate. From the results, it was also discovered that students studying via the online mode achieved higher coursework marks but lower exam marks compared to students studying via the face to-face mode. Yet the students’ total marks in the two modes were similar, which led to the conclusion that students studying in the online mode are faring just as well as students studying in the face-to-face mode. It was evident that equivalent learning was occurring in the two modes albeit in different ways. The coursework assessments methods in the two modes were also compared.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
    Depositing User: Generic Account
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 17:34
    Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 09:50
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7905
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