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Achievement and Satisfaction in Blended Learning versus Traditional General Health Course Designs
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Bridget Frugoli Melton, Georgia Southern University
  • Helen W. Bland, Georgia Southern University
  • Joanne Chopak-Foss, Georgia Southern University
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Blended learning is a hybrid of classroom and on-line learning that includes some of the conveniences of on-line courses without the complete loss of face-to-face tact. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate student achievement and satisfaction with blended learning course delivery compared to a traditional face-to-face class format in a general health course. Method: Surveys were distributed to randomly selected classes during the fall 2007 semester: three blended and one traditional sections participated (n=251). Results: Total satisfaction scores between blended (54.986) and traditional (49.788) classes were significantly different (p< 0.01). Achievement by students of blended and traditional sections brought mixed findings, yet blended students’ overall grades were significantly higher (p=0.048). Conclusion: Results indicated that a blended course delivery is preferred over a traditional lecture format, and promising data emerged to challenge teachers’ traditional approach to teaching general health courses at the university level.

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Bridget Frugoli Melton, Helen W. Bland and Joanne Chopak-Foss. "Achievement and Satisfaction in Blended Learning versus Traditional General Health Course Designs" (2009)
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