What to assess in large scale Web-based instruction: Student satisfaction vs. performance

Ornit Sagy, Yael Kali, Dan Zilberstein, Masha Tsaushu, Tali Tal, Shimon Gepstein

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In many cases the success of course websites is measured in terms of student satisfaction (Lim & Karol, 2002; Reister, Lapointe, & Korcuska, 2007; Sahin & Shelley, 2008; Smart & Cappel, 2006). Many studies rely on the assumption that satisfaction enhances the motivation for learning, and that as a consequence, students’ ownership of the learning process increases (Lim & Karol, 2002; Smart & Cappel, 2006), which eventually, improves the effectiveness of the learning process. This research reports on the first stage of an instructional model (see basic version in action Table 1) designed to improve the learning in a large enrollment .introductory Biology course at the Technion. It is conducted as a collaborative project between the Department of Education in Technology and Science and the Faculty of Biology. All three versions of this instructional model use an online tutorial, which was developed for this purpose (see Figure 1).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Chais conference on instructional technologies research
Place of PublicationRa'anana
Publisherהאוניברסיטה הפתוחה
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2010


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