Studies comparing student performance in online versus in-person courses have yielded mixed results. Some studies have found no significant differences in student outcomes, while others have found that online courses may have lower completion rates and/or lower grades. Many different factors can influence student performance, including course instruction and design, institutional supports, and the composition of the student body itself. One approach to try and minimize some of these variables is to study students’ outcomes only in courses which were offered in both online and in-person formats in the same academic year, to the same student body, by the same department, at the same undergraduate university. The aim of this study was to use this approach to compare different student metrics in undergraduate biology courses over a five year period, at Trent University, Ontario, Canada.

Author: Kirk Hillsley

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2023

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 June, 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2023.0029
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-58-7
  • Conference Location: Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada