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Time Management Skills and Student Performance in Online Courses

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Online Teaching

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Computers in Education

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26.1585.1 - 26.1585.16



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Susan L. Miertschin University of Houston (CoT)

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Susan L. Miertschin, M.Ed., M.S.I.S., is an Associate Professor teaching in the Computer Information Systems program at University of Houston. Her teaching interests are in the areas of (1) information systems applications development and the complementary nature of back-end developer and front-end developer skill sets and (2) managing IT services. Her research interests are program and student assessment, the impact of instructional technology on student learning, and the improvement of e-learning environments and experiences.

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Carole E. Goodson University of Houston (CoT)

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Carole Goodson is a Professor of Technology at the University of Houston. As an active member of ASEE, she is a member of the Academy of Fellows, a past Editor of the Journal of Engineering Technology, a past Chair of PIC IV and the ERM Division, and a past Chair of the Gulf Southwest Section of ASEE.

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Barbara Louise Stewart University of Houston

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Barbara L. Stewart is a Professor of Retailing and Consumer Science at the University of Houston. Her teaching and research interests are in the application of strategies to improve student learning and life enhancement in online courses. She has served as an academic administrator and in leadership positions for numerous professional organizations.

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Time Management Skills and Student Performance in Online CoursesIt has been said that “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry). Aseducators, we have the almost daily task of turning the wishes that come with education into therealities of degrees and careers. In part, we accomplish this by requiring students to plan - that isto use their time effectively to accomplish course goals and objectives.Previous research by the authors revealed that students had to learn to manage their time in orderto be successful. Furthermore, many students indicated that their time management skills hadimproved from taking online courses. Because of the extensive time required to develop andimplement online courses, instructors need to consider which features are most important to theirofferings for student development. Whereas course content and homework require extensivetime, they are baseline features that are important to the course offering, other features weredeemed important too including instructor notices, course calendars, homework solutions, andidentification of course requirements at the course onset (e.g. a syllabus). Other features werefound to be of less perceived benefit including discussion boards, chapter study guides,orientation materials, and on-campus and/or online office hours.If our intent is to help students plan and accomplish goals within this framework, it is desirableto understand those time management skills that can both be emphasized in our classes and alsobe useful to the students. Thus, as a follow-up, the authors explored time management skillsemployed by students. Based on imbedded questions in the time management survey, studentswere assigned a score for their time management skills. The intent was to review the relationshipbetween these scores and features that are unique to online and/or face-to-face courses. Thesurvey was completed by 191 students enrolled in five undergraduate courses, including coursesin computer information systems, computer engineering technology, merchandising systems,statistics, and supervision.Using the results of the survey and related literature, the current study explores these timemanagement skills and their relationship to course features. The paper addresses issues such asthe following.  What are the specific time management skills that are utilized by students?  Are the identifiable characteristics of students who are proficient (as indicated by their TM score) in these time management skills?  Are these skills related to course design features?Results of the research are presented with implications for on-line delivery of courses. 1

Miertschin, S. L., & Goodson, C. E., & Stewart, B. L. (2015, June), Time Management Skills and Student Performance in Online Courses Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24921

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