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Online versus Traditional Courses - Schaer
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PHASE ONE: Online versus Traditional Courses -Alyssa F Schaer 

Introduction:

The purpose of this study is to determine how students at Flagler College feel about taking online courses. In particular, this report will look into if students have taken online courses before, their perceptions of how hard online courses are in comparison to conventional courses, comparison of time consumption between online and conventional courses, and if students would take online courses if offered during regular spring/fall semesters.

Data Collection:

In this first phase of this project, descriptive statistical methods will be used to describe the sample of students surveyed.  The targeted population is all the students at Flagler College.  One hundred fifty students were surveyed. Since the group of students surveyed is random, the sample may not be representative of the population of all Flagler College students, so sampling bias may exist.  Also, since the data was self-reported, the sample results could produce measurement bias as well.

 

Survey Questions:

1.          What is your gender?

2.          How old are you?

3.          Have you ever taken an online course?

4.          How many online courses have you taken?

5.          Were online course(s) required for your high school graduation?

6.          Do you think online course(s) should be required for graduation from Flagler College?

7.          Do you think students enter online courses with the perception that they will be easier than a traditional course?

8.          How do you think time consumption of an online course compares to time consumption of a traditional course?

9.          Do you think that students enrolled in an online college course learn less than those enrolled in traditional courses?

10.       How do you think academic rigor of coursework compares in completely virtual colleges vs. traditional colleges?

11.       If Flagler College offered online coursework year round, how many online courses do you think you would take during a semester in the fall or spring?

 

Sample Data - Graphs and Summary Statistics

 

Gender:

In the sample of students, 64.7% were female and 35.3% were male.  A bar graph displaying the students' ages is given below.  This percent distribution of gender closely matches the percent distribution of the entire student body at Flagler College.  The majority of the students are females.  Hence the mode response is females.

Result 1: 1 Gender of Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Age: 

The age of the students surveyed is displayed in the histogram below.  This distribution is bimodal and right skewed. Since the distribution is right skewed, the best measure of center is the median of 18.75 years old and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 1 year.  So, the typical age of the students surveyed was 18.75 years old and most students were within 1 year of 18.75 years old.

Result 2: 2 Age of Students Surveyed   [Info]
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Result 3: 2 Summary Stats Age of Students Surveyed   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanMedianModeStd. dev.RangeIQRMinMax
Age15018.78333318.75181.31386091111728

 

Percent of Students Who Took Online Classes: 

Sixty-four percent of the students reported that they had taken an online course before, while 36% had reported that they had never taken an online course before. Since over half of the students surveyed reported that they had taken an online course before, it can be speculated that the majoirty of students at Flagler college have taken an online course.  

 

Result 4: 3 Percent of Students Who Took Online Classes   [Info]
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Number of Online Courses Taken: 

The histogram below represents the number of online courses taken by the students surveyed. This distribution is unimodal and skewed right. The best measure of center is the median of 1 online course taken and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 3 courses.  Therefore, the typical number of online classes taken by the students surveyed is one course and most students took between 1 and 5 online courses in the past. However, the mode number of online courses was 0.  This was somewhat expected because of the range of the data, which was 24 past online courses. There were three data points which were significantly larger than the mode:24, 26, and 28 past online courses taken. I determined that these data points could be legitimate and not mistakes because some students may have taken only online courses before transferring to Flagler, with the average number of courses per semester being 5, a junior status person who transferred to Flagler could have easily taken between 24 and 28 online courses.

Result 5: 4 Number of Online Courses Taken   [Info]
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Result 6: 4 Number of Online Courses Taken   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanMedianModeStd. dev.RangeIQRMinMax
Online courses taken1502.0866667103.1322884243024

 

Online Courses Required for High School Graduation: 

60.7% of the students surveyed were not required to take online classes to graduate high school, while 39.3% of the students surveyed did. I didn't find this surprising because the majoirty of students go to physical high schools instead of 'home school' or online school. 

Result 7: 5 Online Courses Required for HS Graduation   [Info]
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Should Online Courses Be Required to Graduate From Flagler College: 

94.7% of students agreed that online courses should not be required to graduate from Flagler College, while a minority of 5.3% of students believe that online courses should be required. I did not find this stat suprising because I beleive that the vast majority of students go to college for the 'exspirience', enjoying the socialization involved with regular in-person colleges. 

 

Result 8: 6 Should Online Courses Be Required to Graduate   [Info]
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Perception That Online Courses are Easier Than In-Person Courses: 

To my surpise, 88% of students believe that online courses are easier than in-person courses. With a minority of students, 12% believing that they were harder online. 

 

Result 9: 7 Perception That Online Courses are Easier   [Info]
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Time Consumption Comparison Between Online and In-Person Courses: 

At a majority, 49.33% of surveyed students believe that online courses are less time consuming than in-person courses. While 24.67% of students found online courses to be more time consuming than in-person courses, and 26% found online and in-person courses to take up about the same amount of time. 

 

Result 10: 8 Time Consumption Comparison   [Info]
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Do Students Learn Less Taking Online Courses than In-Person Courses: 

Most of the students believe (67.3%) that students do learn less taking online courses than in-person courses, with only 32.7% believing that they learn more taking online courses. My reasoning behind this is because students might tend to take easier classes online and harder classes in-person, because more interation might be prefered by the student with harder material, however, this is just my speculation. 

Result 11: 9 Do Students Learn Less Taking Online Courses   [Info]
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Academic Rigor: 

Students were asked how they thought the academic rigor of online vs. in-person courses compared. In the pie chart displayed below, 66% of students found traditonal colleges to be more academically rigorous than online colleges. While 26% found online and in-person colleges to be about the same in academic rigor, and only 8% finding online colleges more rigorous than in-person colleges. 

 

Result 12: 10 Academic Rigor   [Info]
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Number of Online Courses Surveyed Students Would Take if Offered Spring/Fall Semester: 

The number of online courses each surveyed student would take if offered spring/fall semster is displayed in the histogram below. This distribution is unimodal and right skewed. Since the distribution is right skewed, the best measure of center is the median of 1 course and the best measure of spread is the IQR of 2 courses. However, the mode of the data is 0, meaning that the majority of students would not take online courses if offered during spring/fall semester, but a considerable amount of students stated that they would take between 1 and 2 online courses, making the mean of the data at just under 1 course (.96). It can be concluded that of the 150 students surveyed, 72 would not take online courses during the regular spring/fall semester, while 78 students would take between 1 and 5 online courses. 

Result 13: 11 Number of Online Classes Students Would Take If Offered   [Info]
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Result 14: 11 Summary Stat # of Online Courses Taken If Offered   [Info]
Summary statistics:
ColumnnMeanMedianModeStd. dev.RangeIQRMinMax
How many Fall/Spring online courses would you take if offered1500.96101.24177835205

 

 

Data set 1. Online versus Traditional Courses - Schaer   [Info]
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