A Karthik, G Brindha
2016 International Journal of Pharmacy & Technology   unpublished
As the world has advanced towards technology, we live in an era where information can be acquired from any part of the world from any place, any time and from anybody. The newest advancement in technology is the one where education is being transmitted in the form of bits and bytes across the world. A student who can only dream of being a part of a university located in the other part of the world can now stay at home and study the course that the college has to offer. Gone are the days where
more » ... re the days where the student had to travel all the way to the classrooms to gain knowledge. The advent of online classes have provided path for many to have an access to knowledge. The Green Revolution was a period when the productivity of global agriculture increased drastically as a result of new advances. During this 21 st century it is emergence of the education scenario to be acquiring this online education by converting the current offline education. As the trend toward online education intensifies, questions remain regarding the overall efficiency of online courses versus their in-class counterparts. The current paper seeks to estimate the efficiency of students who take online courses relative to the efficiency of students who are enrolled in offline courses. Efficiency outcomes are defined in terms of (1) quantitative scores achieved by the student at the end of the course, (2) the student's viewpoint of how much they learned in the course and (3) the student's level of satisfaction with the course. The authors use Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to estimate a model of student efficiency. Demographics, student experience and student preferences are examined as differentiating attributes. The sample is taken from a course offered both online and in a traditional classroom setting, with both formats being taught by the same instructor in a single semester. Implications includes a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in efficiency of different course formats.