*Names in bold indicate Presenter
With University IRB approval, data is being collected on academic achievement, demographic characteristics, and personality traits on four consecutive semesters. The class size for each arm of the experiment is capped at 35. The experiment began in fall 2012. Three semesters of data collection are complete. The fourth and final semester of data collection is being collected during the spring 2014 term. Power analyses were conducted prior to running the experiment to assure we would be able to detect reasonably small changes in academic outcomes across the types of course offerings.
The learning outcomes based on the first three semesters of data collection on exam scores are not, at a statistically significant level, different between the control group (traditional modality) and blended treatment group. However, the exam scores for the control group are higher, at a statistically significant level, than for the purely online treatment group. The preliminary results suggest that if equivalence of learning outcomes is a goal, then as higher education moves forward with online education more instructional resources should be directed at online relative to traditional instruction (e.g. smaller section size for online).