Volume 6, Issue 1 - July 2002

How do Online Students Differ from Lecture Students?

John Dutton, College of Management, North Carolina State University
Marilyn Dutton, School of Business, North Carolina Central University
Jo Perry, TogetherSoft Corporation,

This study has two primary objectives. First, we want to know how students who enroll in online classes differ from their peers in traditional lecture classes. Our second objective involves both exploring what factors influence performance among online students, as well as whether those factors differ for online and lecture...

Beyond Student Perceptions: Issues of Interaction, Presence, and Performance in an Online Course

Anthony G. Picciano, Professor, School of Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York

The research literature on Web-based learning supports the assumption that interaction is important for a successful course, yet questions exist regarding the nature and extent of the interaction and its effects on student performance. Much of the research is based on student perceptions of the quality and quantity of their...

A Preliminary Look at the Structural Differences of Higher Education Classroom Communities in Traditional and ALN Courses

A. Alfred P. Rovai, Ph.D., School of Education, Regent University

This preliminary study again provides evidence that it is the method and not the media that matters the most in learning effectiveness. The present work examines classroom community in order to determine how sense of community differs between students enrolled in...

Dimensions and Strategies for Online Success: Voices from Experienced Educators

Lynne Schrum, Ph.D. , University of Georgia
Sunjoo Hong, Graduate Student, Department of Instructional Technology, University of Georgia

Online learning has become a popular method of education. Faculty members may know little about how to assist students in succeeding in a new learning environment, and students may be ill-prepared to tackle the new demands put upon them. Therefore, this...

The Impact on Learning of an Asynchronous Active Learning Course Format

J. David Spiceland, Professor of Accounting, The University of Memphis
Charlene P. Hawkins, Tax Analyst, International Paper Corporation

Among the many differences between asynchronous interactions and traditional classroom communication, the most critical differences involve those that may affect a student’s ability to learn. The efficacy of courses in facilitating instruction and learning is a key concern of all educators...

The Anatomy of a Distance Education Course: A Case Study Analysis

Kay E. Vandergrift, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey

This case study of a distance education course in children’s literature focuses on the creation of an interpretive community and the importance of that community in online learning. It also refines Michael G. Moore’s work on transactional distance to include the...