Evaluation of Factors Related to Student Performance in a Distance-Learning Business Communication Course

Cheung Lenis
Andy Kan


Because most previous studies on college student performance have focused on conventional learning environments in Western cultures, in this study the authors evaluated factors related to student performance in the open and distance learning environment in Hong Kong. Using two-way cross-tabulations with chi-square testing and equality of academic performance by proposed factors, the authors examined 168 students in a distance-learning business communication course. Results show that tutorial attendance, gender, relevant academic background, previous academic achievement, and relevant learning experience were related to student performance. The results are mostly similar to those of prior studies despite differences in culture, teaching mode, and subject.



Found that the following factors were related to academic performance:
Demographics, educational background and student effort.
The results of our study show that gender, previous academic achievement, relevant academic background, tutorial attendance, and previous learning experience have a significant effect on student performance in distance-learning courses. In previous studies, all of these factors except gender were found to influence student performance.

APA Citation

Cheung, L. L., & Kan, A. C. (2002). Evaluation of factors related to student performance in a distance-learning business communication course. Journal of Education for Business, 77(5), 257-263.

About the Study

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Mode Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication Journal of Education for Business
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Experiments
Intervention/Areas of Study Other
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest 4-year Institution
Specific Course or Program Characteristics Professions
Outcome Variables of Interest Academic achievement or performance, including assessment scores and course grades, Course completion
Student Sample Size 100-199
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