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Condensed and Uploaded: Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in a Condensed Online Summer Class with Outcomes in a Full-Length Semester Face-to-Face Class

Authors
  • Jessica R Welch (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
  • Christopher Roland (University of Central Arkansas)
  • Joshua Boyd (Purdue University)

Abstract

With the significant cost of higher education and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, college students are increasingly seeking alternative modalities to traditional, face-to-face learning. However, concerns arise regarding whether condensed, online classes offer a comparable experience to their full-length, face-to-face counterparts. Using a pretest/posttest design, this study compares the achievement of learning outcomes and student satisfaction between a course offered in a full-semester, face-to-face format and a condensed, online modality. Results indicate that, although online students in the condensed course achieved more of their anticipated learning outcomes, they were less satisfied with their instructor. The essay offers potential explanations, practical implications, and guidelines.

Keywords: online learning, condensed courses, student satisfaction, learning objectives, summer courses, course assessment

How to Cite:

Welch, J., Roland, C. & Boyd, J., (2022) “Condensed and Uploaded: Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in a Condensed Online Summer Class with Outcomes in a Full-Length Semester Face-to-Face Class”, Summer Academe: A Journal of Higher Education 14. doi: https://doi.org/10.25894/sa.123

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Published on
07 Jan 2022
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