Predicting Student Performance in Web-based Distance Education Courses Based on Survey Instruments Measuring Individual Traits and Technical Skills

Predicting Student Performance in Web-based Distance Education Courses Based on Survey Instruments Measuring Individual Traits and Technical Skills

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Two common web-based surveys, qIs Online Learning Right for Me?q and qWhat Technical Skills Do I Need?q, were combined into a single survey instrument and given to 228 on-campus and 83 distance education students. The students were enrolled in four different classes (business, computer information services, criminal justice, and early childhood development) on three different regional campuses of a mid-western community college. Multiple regression equations were developed with the survey scores and the type of class to determine the extent to which the survey scores predicted final semester grade percentages. Although distance education students scored significantly higher on the survey instruments than on-campus students, the survey scores explained only 8% of the observed variance in their final grade percentage. The course in which they enrolled (business, computer information services, criminal justice, and early childhood development) explained most of the variance in final grade percentage. There was no significant difference in survey scores between students that withdrew from their classes and those that remained to receive a final semester grade. An exploratory factor analysis of the surveys was conducted. Recommendations for further research are suggested.ABSTRACT Two common web-based surveys, aquot;Is Online Learning Right for Me?a#39; and aquot;What Technical Skills Do I Need?aquot;, were combined into a single survey instrument and given to 228 on-campus and 83 distance education students. The students were ... An exploratory factor analysis of the surveys was conducted.


Title:Predicting Student Performance in Web-based Distance Education Courses Based on Survey Instruments Measuring Individual Traits and Technical Skills
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Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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