Comparing two versions of an engineering course: in-class and on-line. What does the data say?

Tariq Khraishi
2017 Gulf Southwest Annual Regional Conference Proceedings   unpublished
This paper presents data from the same course taught differently: on-line and traditionally in a classroom. The course in question is an engineering course at the sophomore level and is entitled "Energy, Environment and Society". The paper contrasts differences in grades, or in student response/behavior, towards these two versions of the course. It also points out the wealth of data obtained using the on-line method including some interesting observations. A main result of the study is that the
more » ... e study is that the grades for group work activities seemed to be lower for the online mode of teaching, and that individualized exam grades (midterm and final) seemed to be similar for the two modes. members affected the communication and grouping needed to better accomplish the group tasks. The inclusion of quizzes in the online classes also contributed to lowered overall class scores due to the discipline required to be successful in these quizzes. There were other data extracted from the online offerings. One of them is with regard to daily and hourly access during the week. Another is with regard to quiz taking. Such data provides certain insight on student behavior and tendencies that otherwise may not be available.
doi:10.18260/1-2-1153-33825 fatcat:gkj3nrpmgndaddt75hzryosx7i