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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Life Sciences, volume 6, numbers 3 and 4, 2014 // View article lifsci_v6_n34_2014_25


On Benefits of Interactive Online Learning in Higher Distance Education: Repeating a Learning Analytics Project in the Context of Programming Education

Authors:
Klaus Gotthardt
Bernd Krämer
Johannes Magenheim
Jonas Neugebauer

Keywords: distance learning, Web-based learning, learning analytics, competence analysis, learning performance, technology assessment

Abstract:
All generations of the Web have given rise to new technologies and services for teaching and learning. Ample research projects have investigated their impact on educational processes and students’ learning outcomes. This is especially true for the comparison of online and face-to-face learning or distance and classroom instruction. There is, however, very little original research and evaluation evidence about the impact of incorporating web-based learning technology and multimedia content in higher distance education. This article presents the results of two studies with distance students of FernUniversität. These results address four strands: the students’ competence gain on key course topics; an analysis of the learning behavior of a subset of online students; a performance comparison between online students and a control group using classical correspondence learning materials; and online student satisfaction with the online version of the course and the e-learning environment. Authentic comments from two students who were involved in all evaluation strands supplement the formal findings.

Pages: 350 to 363

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2014. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 30, 2014

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2660

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