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Student Choices of Reduced Seat Time in a Blended Introductory Statistics Course

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    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)



    (College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska)

Two instructional features are available to students in blended courses that are not present in traditional courses. First, online content is available with the intent that it substitute for a portion of face-to-face lectures or other in-class types of material delivery. Second, in-class seat time in a blended course is reduced as compared to the traditional version of the course. In this paper, we explore student choices of reduced seat time in a style of blended course that does not have a punitive attendance policy, uses online lectures rather than in-class lectures, and conducts alternative, but optional, in-class activities. After accounting for the natural tendency of students to skip classes in a traditional course, we find an interval estimate of 49 to 62 percent for the mean reduction in seat time chosen by students. Also, using an empirical model of attendance, we find that student use of online materials contributes in a positive way to class attendance.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-14.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2013
Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:13-14.
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  1. Alan Farley & Ameeta Jain & Dianne Thomson, 2011. "Blended Learning in Finance: Comparing Student Perceptions of Lectures, Tutorials and Online Learning Environments Across Different Year Levels," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 30(1), pages 99-108, 03.
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  4. Carlin Dowling & Jayne Godfrey & Nikole Gyles, 2003. "Do hybrid flexible delivery teaching methods improve accounting students' learning outcomes?," Accounting Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(4), pages 373-391.
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