Examining the Influence of Online Science Kits on Student Science Achievements

Examining the Influence of Online Science Kits on Student Science Achievements

A shortage of effective hands-on activities and physical labs in STEM courses in a fully online format creates a constraint to fully engage students which can impact student retention and success. To address these concerns, some higher education institutions have implemented science lab kits in their online courses. These materials provide hands-on learning opportunities that may enhance meaningful learning and retention of information by the students. The purpose of this quantitative causal comparative study was to examine the effect of online science kits on student achievement in online science courses at five higher education institutions. Student end of course mean scores or course completion rates were compared using an independent t-test analysis. Inconsistent significant differences were found between students who used science kits and students who did not use science kits in the same course at the same institution. Further analysis of non-completion data (withdraw, failure for non-attendance, and incomplete grades) decreased for students enrolling in courses taught with a kit as compared with the courses taught without the kit at three institutions. The findings inform instructional designers, science kit developers, instructors, and institutions on how to identify the effective online lab kits and the contributing factors for the effectiveness of the kits to increase students’ achievements and retention rates in online science courses.

Event Day and Time (AZ/MST timezone): 
August 15, 2018 10:00 am MST
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