No Significant Difference

About the Database

The No Significant Difference database was first established in 2004 as a companion piece to Thomas L. Russell's book, "The No Significant Difference Phenomenon" (2001, IDECC, fifth edition), a fully indexed, comprehensive research bibliography of 355 research reports, summaries and papers that document no significant differences (NSD) in student outcomes between alternate modes of education delivery.  Redesigned in 2010 and provided as a service of WCET, (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies), a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the database was designed to expand the offerings from the book by providing access to appropriate studies published or discovered after its publication.

 

This site is intended to function as an ever-growing repository of comparative media studies in education research. Both no significant differences (NSD) and significant differences (SD) studies are constantly being solicited for inclusion in the website. In addition to studies that document no significant difference (NSD), the website includes studies which do document significant differences (SD) in student outcomes based on the mode of education delivery.

 

 

Contribute to the Collection

In its new home on the DETA Research website, the database is intended to continue to function as an ever-growing repository of comparative media studies in education research. The current collection is in need of both updates to the current records, as well as the addition of current and emerging research.  As such, both NSD and SD studies are constantly being solicited for inclusion in the website.  If you are interested in assisting as a contributor or editor, contact us.

Records: 210

Teaching Community Health Nursing by Distance Methods: Development, Process, and Evaluation

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Evaluation found students were able to meet their course objectives and perform as well as students who had completed a similar on-campus course.

Finding

No Significant Difference

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How Women Actually Perform in Distance Education

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... two studies of students in Indiana--one conducted at Ball State and the other at Indiana State university--found no statistically significant difference between male and female students in their satisfaction with distance-education courses. The studies included more than two dozen courses and more than 400 students... Old Dominion researchers asked 12,000 students in almost 150 distance-learning courses in 25 degree programs about their satisfaction with the courses found no significant . . . differences between men and women... the bottom line is that neither female nor male distance-learning students appear to learn less than students in traditional classes. In fact, the evidence indicates the opposite.

Finding

No Significant Difference

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