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Engineering Cultures: Online versus In Class

Engineering Cultures: Online versus In Class

At many universities, online courses are being offered as an option for students. Yet, little research has been completed on the effectiveness of online courses as compared to in class versions. "Online" is defined here to be a course in which the majority of instructional and course materials are delivered via internet. At Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the Colorado School of Mines a course titled, Engineering Cultures, has been offered both online and in class. Online appears to be an excellent method to provide broad access to educational material but is it as effective as the classroom versions of the same course? As part of this study, a multiple choice pretest and posttest were administered to a treatment and control group. The treatment group completed the online version of the... Show More

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