Online, web-based learning environment for an information systems course: Access logs, linearity and performance

Sheizaf Rafaeli, Gilad Ravid

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This is a study of an online, Web based learning environment developed for an
introductory business information systems course. The development of the
environment was guided by a design principle that emphasizes choices regarding hypertextuality, centralization in client-server, interactivity, multimedia, and synchronicity. The environment included a several hundred page textbook and individual and group online learning aids and implements. Following the development period and a pilot class, the system was used by students in three large classes of 50 - 100 students each. We examined student grades, attitudes, and usage logs and their intercorrelations. Our findings indicate that online, Web-based learning environments are not just feasible. Employing such a system to complement lectures yields measurable enhancements. We propose a focus on logged, machine-collected usage statistics. Such statistics allow a measurement of actual reading behavior and linearity in the learning process. Reading amount is highly correlated with student achievement. A-synchronous conferencing tools enhance instructor-student and student-to-student interaction. This interaction is, itself, a correlate of success in the course. Furthermore, more mature student groups seem to make better use of the online environment, and use it less linearly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISECON
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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