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Learning Business Law Online vs. Onland: Student Satisfaction and Performance

Learning Business Law Online vs. Onland: Student Satisfaction and Performance
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Author(s): Louis B. Swartz (Robert Morris University, USA), Michele T. Cole (Robert Morris University, USA) and Daniel J. Shelley (Robert Morris University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 14
Source title: ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lawrence A. Tomei (Robert Morris University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-936-6.ch008

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Abstract

This article reports on two follow-up studies to “A Comparative Analysis of Online and Traditional Undergraduate Business Law Classes” (Shelley, Swartz and Cole, 2007) designed to further examine two critical areas of e-learning, that is, student satisfaction with, and student learning in, an online environment as compared with an onland, or traditional classroom environment. While the initial study found no significant difference between the two, the second study did find statistically significant differences between the online and the onland course formats with regard to two elements of student satisfaction: (1) student satisfaction with the instructor, and (2) student satisfaction with the course structure. The second study went further to look at the effects, if any, of gender, age and nationality on student satisfaction. There was no significant difference found with age or nationality. There was a significant difference between males and females with regard to two of the research questions. The third study focused on student satisfaction and performance in two onland courses. In both areas, results indicated lower overall means for each of the four central research questions.

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