This article presents a study of first-year composition (fyc) courses that were taught in both online and hybrid formats in order to determine students’ perceptions on how much they learned in them. The students’ responses to an extensive survey, in which they analyzed their experiences in their courses, point to larger questions about our individual pedagogical assumptions as well as larger issues related to the structures of first-year composition courses and their required status.
Hybrid, Online, First-year composition, Student perceptions
Students were asked their perceptions on a variety of issues they were dissatisfied with their interactions with instructors, and felt that instructors did not respond in a timely manner. The results of the survey suggest that students want online courses to include the positive aspects of f2f courses but also want the online environment to be better than f2f. Students also did not seem to understand the goals of discussion board postings and ended up doing the work because it counted towards their grade, not because they saw the value in it.
Three main benefits of online learning emerged from the research: they were introduced to multiple perspectives, they had the space to share opinions and online experiences directly benefited their writing.
Boyd, P. W. (2008). Analyzing students’ perceptions of their learning in online and hybrid first-year composition courses. Computers and Composition, 25(2), 224-243.
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|Mode||Blended or Hybrid, Online|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|In Publication||Computers and Composition|
|Type of Research||Qualitative|
|Research Design||Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)|
|Intervention/Areas of Study||Course design|
|Level of Analysis||Student-level|
|Specific Populations Examined||First-year students, Undergraduates|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest||4-year Institution, Not-for-profit, Public|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics||Arts and humanities|
|Outcome Variables of Interest||Learning effectiveness, Satisfaction|
|Student Sample Size||100-199|