Research Using Course-level Data Course Outcomes Modality Comparisons

About the project

The Oregon State Ecampus Research Unit designed a study using course-level data to answer questions about the outcomes of students in online versus face-to-face courses at OSU. This research project accounts for factors such as the instructor, instructor experience, term taught and class size. Previously published studies have not often controlled for these variables, limiting the value of these course comparisons studies.

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About the methodology

Data for this project included Oregon State courses that were taught both online and face to face between 2013 and 2018. The data included the number of terms taught, the course enrollment, the number of instructors, course-level GPA and course-level DFW and DFWU rates (U=unsatisfactory score in pass/fail courses) over the period in which the course was taught.

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About the Ecampus Research Unit

We conduct world-class research on online education. It's our mission to make online teaching and learning research actionable. Find out more »