Effectiveness of an Internet-Based Graduate Engineering Management Course


This research provides engineering educators analytical evidence as to the effectiveness of Internet-based course instruction. The research examined the University of Missouri-Rolla's Internet-based Advanced Production and Operations Management course, with a focus on determining the effectiveness of the Internet-based education tools used. Over 100 students in five Internet-based classes and one traditional, in-class control group were given three sets of surveys, learning style assessments, a course pre-test, and a course final examination. Multiple conclusions were drawn from this study based on analyses of the data collected. First, the Internet-based students performed equally as well as the control group as measured by the difference between pre-test and post-test scores. Second, the Internet-based students were found to have had exaggerated time requirement expectations for taking a course in the Internet environment. Third, the students rated the effectiveness and satisfaction positively for the Internet classroom format. Initially, the Internet-based students were skeptical of electronic lectures but their experiences were positive.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Psychological Science

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Business and Information Technology

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Classrooms; Engineering educators; Internet-based educational tools; Web-based courses; Demonstrations; Distance education; Information retrieval; Internet; Knowledge acquisition; Learning systems; Students; Technical writing; Project management

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2000