A Comparison of Student Learning in Online vs. On-ground "Technology in the Classroom" Course

By:
Dr. John Wm (Jay) Sanders
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This is a 1 year study comparing online-student vs. on-ground-student's knowledge gained in 2 areas: computer skills and methodologies for using technology in 7-12 grade classrooms. The Middle Tennessee State University students (n=130) are pre-service teachers seeking Tennessee certification in various subjects. Online students are screened and admitted based on having adequate computer skills to complete the course without in-class instruction. The instructions are web-based and are the same for both delivery modes. The only difference is that on-ground students are given in-class step-by-step instructions for using their computer to complete the coursework while the online students work at their own-pace using only the course's website instructions. The course grading is criterion-based with the final output being an online portfolio that is posted on the student's university website. T-tests and/or rank-sum tests will be used to determine if there is a statistically significant difference between to knowledge gained in both areas. The knowledge gained (value added) in both areas will be measured by a pretest/posttest design.


Keywords: Online learning, Online vs. in-class Instruction, Technology in the Classroom Course
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Comparison of Student Learning in Online vs. On-ground "Technology in the Classroom" Course, A


Dr. John Wm (Jay) Sanders

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Department, Middle Tennessee State University
USA

I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate teacher certification courses at MTSU for 12 years after careers in financial institutions and real estate appraising. Recent awards: 2003 Tennessee Board of Regents "Innovation Award Winner" Distance Education, 2001 Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award(MTSU), and 1999 Tennessee Board of Regents "Innovations Award Winner. I have been teaching online courses since 1996 and served on the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program startup committee. and served as the chair of the university's Academic Computing Committee. Recent publications include: "Rural, Small-Size, High-Poverty Schools in Tennessee Outperformed Other High-Poverty Schools Based on Student Reading and Math TVAAS Scores," "Using Computer-Aided-Technology and Self-Paced Learning to Increase Spanish I Scores in Middle Tennessee High School," and "Problems and Solutions for Teaching Technology Online." Current research projects include a study of higher-education funding in Tennessee since the filing of the federal discrimination (Geier) in 1968 through 2003.


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