Course Restructuring and the Instructional Development Initiative at Virginia Polytechnic Institute: A Benefit Cost Study


... [Philosophy Course] Students in the web-based course scored better than the lecture section on eight of the sixteen specific essay scoring criteria deemed important to the philosophical discourse, there was no sigificant difference between the two sections on seven of the criteria, and the lecture section scored significantly better on only one criteria... Even though the web-based group showed superior performance based upon the sixteen criteria, letter grades assigned by the readers to this particular essay showed no significant difference between the two groups." " ...[Microbiology Course] ... the evidence strongly suggests there is no difference in either mean grades of the grade distributions for the versions of the course offered before and after the course design.

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Finding No Significant Difference
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