The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2002 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

CORRELATION BETWEEN NUMBER OF HITS TO RESPIRATORY therapy COURSE materials posted on the world wide WEB AND STUDENT PERFORMANCE.

Ruben D Restrepo, MD, RRT, Doug Gardenhire, MS, RRT. Dept. of Cardiopulmonary Care Sciences. Georgia State University (GSU). Atlanta, GA.

BACKGROUND: Computer technologies probably represent one of the most innovative strategies to facilitate effective and efficient teaching and learning. Web CT is one of the leading providers of web-based technology that allows faculty to enhance their instruction via the creation of World Wide Web-based educational environments. Student participation is typically measured by the number of visits or ?hits? to the web site and its different content areas. There is minimal information about the use of Web-enhanced respiratory courses in the traditional respiratory programs with campus-based students. Furthermore, the effects on student performance have not yet been documented.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to correlate student participation and performance of five groups of students who have enrolled in Web-enhanced respiratory care courses at GSU.

METHODS: RT 3005 (Cardiopulmonary Physiology), a three-hour credit course offered during the first semester of the junior year, and RT 4081 (Neonatal Respiratory Care), a three-hour credit course offered during the last semester of the senior year were evaluated. A total of 81 students, with no prior WebCT experience participated. The number of ?hits? or visits to the Web site and course grade were recorded for each student and further compared for both courses. Statistics were calculated using SPSS version 10, Chicago, IL.

Results: Eighty one students did access the course material through Web CT and lecture, 37 students for RT 3005 and 44 students for RT 4081. The average number of hits for both courses was 48+29 and the course grade average for all groups was 86%+6% . There was a low association of correlation as described using the Davis conventions (r=.24, p<0.05).

CONCLUSION: Although the correlation between number of hits and grade average was low, there was a significant difference in student performance as the student increased participation reflected in the number of visits to the web site. There was not a significant difference in a student performance when this respiratory course was offered both in a traditional setting and on-line. Factors such as computer proficiency and motivation may considerably change student acceptance and performance.

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