Assessment of web-based courses: a discussion and analysis of learners individual difference and teaching-learning process

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2002
Gülbahar, Yasemin
This study examined the role of individual differences and the quality of the teaching-learning process on learning outcomes in a web-based instructional environment, and explored the implications of these variables on the design, delivery and evaluation stages of web-based instruction. The subjects of this study were the students of two web-supported traditional courses, being one undergraduate and the other graduate, offered by the Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Department of METU. Forthy- three undergraduate and 9 graduate students participated in this study. inThis study employed both qualitative and quantitative measures in order to develop an explanatory model clarifying the various effects of different variables on the students' academic performance. The variables considered in this study were entry characteristics, learning styles, instructional and communicational preferences, the quality of teaching-learning process and students' perceptions on various topics. One of the major findings of this study was the need for providing different formats of materials and different sources of information in order to enrich the content within the web site. Another important finding was the importance of providing sufficient guidance for using both web-based environment and communication tools since this guidance has a direct effect on learning outcomes. The findings of this study showed that each learner have different characteristics and preferences in their way to learn. When instructors provide rich media and material sources, individual differences does not cause differences on learning outcomes

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Y. Gülbahar, “Assessment of web-based courses: a discussion and analysis of learners individual difference and teaching-learning process,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2002.