April 20, 2018
UCI Student Center Woods Cove
Presenter: Bianca Cung
Title: Scheduling Unscheduled Online Courses
Online education is taking an increasingly prominent role at postsecondary institutions. About one in four college students currently take an online course. However, success in online courses have been particularly low. Research has found that success in online courses varies by student characteristics, such as student motivation, study skills, and interaction in the course. Prior studies also suggest that time management skills are critical to the success in online courses.
This study looks at the effect of a scheduling aid on student performance in lower division undergraduate online courses. Students in a series of undergraduate courses were randomly assigned to either a treatment or control group. Students in the treatment group were asked on a weekly basis to plan out when they would work on the current week's coursework. Students in the control group were asked theoretically inert questions in lieu of the scheduling questions. This study finds significant impacts of the scheduling aid on students' online course performance in two of four courses. Mixed results were found for other courses.