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Study Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of Distance Education Versus Traditional On

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campus Education

Citation: Tucker.S.(2000),Assessing the Effectiveness of Distance Education Versus
Traditional On-campus Education, Educational Resources Information Center,East
Carolina University.

The summary:

This study compared the effectiveness of distance education versus traditional on-campus
education.The study aims to answer these follwing questions:1) what is the effectivness
of distance education?2) what is the effectivness of tradicional education? 3) Is distance
education is better, worse, or as good as traditional education. The sample of the study
includes 47 undergraduate students enrolled in a business communications class at a
North Carolina University; Twenty-three students were enrolled in traditional on-campus
class .Their ages ranged from 19 to 33. And they were comprised of different majors that
included Library Science, General College; Geology; Social Work and Business,
Vocational, and Technical Education. The rest 24 students were enrolled in the distance
education class and aged between 21 and 50.They also composed of different majors that
included Foreign Language, Social Sciences General College, Nutrition and Hospitality
Management and University College. Both groups had the same instructor and studied
the same course content in the same time frame. The classes differed in terms of
scheduling, accessibility to the instructor and instructional media and methods.Pre-test
and post-test scores, homework grades, research paper grades, final exam scores, final
course grades, learning styles, and ages of students enrolled were measured to work as
the best means to obtain the needed data of the study. Pre-test and post test were designed
to test students’ knowledge of grammar and punctuation as well as knowledge of the
basic concepts crucial to business communication. Homework problems are taken from
the end of each chapter covered during classes, and every student was asked to complete
a research project dealing with international business; the final exam composed of
multiple-choice questions designed as case scenarios or situations that required students
to apply the knowledge learned throughout the course as well as true/false questions. The
results obtained from the collected scores showed that there are no significant differences
in pre-test scores, homework grades, research paper grades, and final course grades.
However, significant differences were found for post-test scores, final exam scores, and
age. Both groups preferred well-organized course work, meaningful assignments, as well
as a logical sequence of activities. Distance education students preferred working with
People and Direct Experience. They least preferred Authority and Listening. While
traditional students preferred working with things, and they like interpreting movies,
slides, and illustrations. They least preferred Independence and Reading. According to
these all results the study concurs with the general body of knowledge that distance
education can be just as good as traditional face-to-face education. Recommendations for
Further Research were given at the conclusion of the study were it recommend
conducting a study to investigate the issue of social interaction within distance education
courses like: Do these students feel like they are alone while taking courses, or are they

Additionally. the study should focus in more than one course in distance education.being made to feel like they are part of a community of learners. .