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

By Sara de Freitas and Gerald Roberts

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

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776030110307
OAI identifier: oai:generic.eprints.org:415/core5

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