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Recommended Citation: Goodnight, R.  Student Preparation: A Key to Learning and Teaching.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §28b.

Student Preparation: A Key to Learning and Teaching

Ron Goodnight    [a1] [a2]
Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Purdue University    [u1] [u2]
Anderson, Indiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

Eighteen students were equally divided: Group A had textbooks while Group B did not have textbooks. "A" learned the course material via the text and lectures. "B" accessed instructor notes, lecture slides, and future probable test items via the instructors' Intranet program called "Blackboard." Prior to each examination, the instructor presented key words that had been thoroughly discussed. The students had to explain each item in one sentence demonstrating understanding. The midterm examination had sixty-two items valued at three points apiece, totaling 186. The average score for Group A was 132 while Group B averaged 164. On the seventy-item, 210-point final examination, Group A averaged 156 while Group B averaged 188 points. Hence, using different approaches for student learning does make a difference. Providing student access via an Intranet to the instructor's material and allowing pre-lecture knowledge of probable examination items significantly improves examination results and student learning.

Keywords: blackboard, intranet, student learning, teaching approaches

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