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Does distance e‐learning work? A comparison between distance and face‐to‐face learners using e‐learning materials

de Freitas, Sara and Roberts, Gerald (2003) Does distance e‐learning work? A comparison between distance and face‐to‐face learners using e‐learning materials. Association for Learning Technology Journal, 11 (3). pp. 69-87. ISSN 0968-7769

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    Abstract

    This study compares continual assessment data, intake numbers, retention numbers and final examination grades of a mixed cohort of face‐to‐face and distance learners against similar data from previous years where e‐learning materials were not used in order to test whether e‐learning materials can support the same quality and quantity of teaching and learning for both face‐to‐face and distance learners. The results for this cohort of learners demonstrate that: (i) distance e‐learners score as well and sometimes better than face‐to‐face learners; (ii) face‐to‐face student numbers have increased; (iii) overall, student retention and student attendance have been maintained; (iv) final examination results have been maintained or in some cases improved; (v) lecturer workload was high, but not unmanageable, and it is clear how manageability can be improved.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
    Divisions: ALT-J Journal
    Depositing User: Justin Smith
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2009 11:40
    Last Modified: 04 Apr 2011 10:09
    URI: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/id/eprint/415

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