Presentation by Candice Thille & Joel Smith
Well, I got a bit tied up with cleaning up the files from my digital voice recorder and missed the beggining of the talk. It’s about 20 min on now. From here:
Second study: Spring 2006 – Comprehensive Assessment of Outcomes in a first Statistics course (CAOS)
Increase 7.9%pts of accuracy National Sample against 11.7% OLI sample
Results of both studies: Online courses ‘do no harm’
Further analysis showed that for some traditionally difficutl statistical ideas the online course showed and advantage over traditional courses.
Third study: Spring 2007 “Accelerated Learning”
Requirement: go through the course in an accelerated pace and comolete all the activities. Post questions to be addressed in class. Work two 50-minute meetings a week.
OLI students: 18%pts increase and Traditional control (national?) = missed teh figure, slide is gone
Summary: students of OLI had a considerable higher achievement that the control group, even though they studied all the content of a semester in only half a semester.
This talk is about a statistics course and obviously uses lots of statiscal data. It is a study based on comparing data to a ‘control goup’. As I am not an statistics expert (or quantitative methods), I cannot really give an opinion on it, but it sounds rather structured and the speaker is very enthused.
Accelerated learning results:
85% definitely recommend
15% probably recommend
Nobody said no
Now, it remains to me the task to understand better what this accelerated learning stuff is about! I missed the beginning and got lost afterwards :-(