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Comparison Of Web Courses With Traditional Teaching

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2002 Annual Conference

Location

Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Current Issues in Computing

Page Count

5

Page Numbers

7.313.1 - 7.313.5

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https://peer.asee.org/10996

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Raj Desai

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Session 2558

Comparison of Web Courses with Traditional Teaching

Raj Desai, Eugenio Lord

Southeast Missouri State University/ George Mason University

Abstract

This article will focus on comparing the effectiveness of on-line courses versus regular classroom based learning for the past three years. We will compare the time it takes to develop a web course to a traditional course and the benefits of developing a web course. We will also compare enrollment in a web course with a traditional course and try to explain why they are different. We will also look at student evaluations and try to explain the results. We will look at pitfalls with web courses, including the dropout rate. We will compare the grades of regular course with a web course and try to explain the results. We will also look at the results of comparing web courses to regular courses with regards to students who took a second continuation course for the past two years.

University support is vital for offering courses online. We will look at training needs for faculty to offer courses online. Online grade information, and bulletin boards are generally used with web courses and faculty need training in incorporating these tools in their web courses. Some universities also offer incentives such as a reduced course load the first time the course is taught, and/or a monetary reward the first time a course is taught. We will examine the incentives that can be offered to faculty in order to increase the development of web courses.

I. Introduction

With the widespread use and the rapid growth of the Internet, educational and training institutions around the globe are racing towards using the Internet as a new medium of delivery. The world-wide-web is a powerful and exciting medium for communication and as such is a valuable resource for faculty for delivering online instruction. Its ease of use and the capacity as a repository of information and the interactive delivery of content makes it an effective option for furthering knowledge and skill. The advantages of web courses are they can easily be reviewed and changed for currency and accuracy compared to textbooks. As the world-wide-web becomes a state-of-the art delivery medium there is a need among educators and trainers to obtain knowledge about the tools needed for developing and implementing web courses. Easy access to education and training to

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