ERIC Number: EJ1218259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Online or Face-to-Face: Do Mission-Related Student Learning Outcomes Differ?
Lang, Charlotte S.; Holzmann, Gwetheldene; Hullinger, Hallett; Miller, Mary Lou; Norton, Timothy D.
Christian Higher Education, v18 n3 p177-187 2019
This study investigated how an authentic assessment program was used to examine student learning outcomes within the context of a Christian university's institutional mission, core values, and distinctive qualities. For the purposes of this study, an authentic assessment program is defined as assessing student-produced work within the context of the institutional mission. A sample of 1,814 undergraduate students taking one or more general education courses at the university during the 2007--2009 academic years was examined for any significant differences in student learning outcomes. A univariate analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) indicated the Student Assessment System (SAS) scores for the online students were not significantly different from the SAS scores for the face-to-face (F2F) students after controlling for course grade. These results suggest that online students achieved the same critical mission-related educational outcomes that the university required of its F2F students. An implication of this finding is that the university just as effectively articulated its faith-based mission and vision to the online students as it did to its students taking classes F2F.
Descriptors: Institutional Mission, Outcomes of Education, Christianity, Church Related Colleges, Values, Performance Based Assessment, Undergraduate Students, Scores, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis, Grades (Scholastic), Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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