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Recommended Citation: Baugh, J M.  Student Success with Java Online vs Java On-Ground.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2007, v 24 (Pittsburgh): §2325. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 7(74). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Student Success with Java Online vs Java On-Ground

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Refereed7 pages
Jeanne M. Baugh    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems
Robert Morris University    [u1] [u2]
Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

In this time of online education and all of the technologies that may encompass, one must still remember that the student is basically alone to navigate through the course. In many cases there is no face to face meeting with the Instructor. Not all students are capable of the discipline required to successfully complete an online course. Not all in the Academic community agree that online education works. This paper details a Java course that was taught both online and on ground during a period of 6 terms to approximately 300 students. All assignments and requirements were the same for each group of students. Both sets of students were surveyed at the completion of the course as to their attitudes toward the course materials and course structure. Final grades were assigned based on the studentsí programming skills. The final analysis shows that both sets of students were successful at the about the same levels with all the required programming.

Keywords: Online Education, Technical Course, Online support

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