Catherine Ritter

CECS 5610.020

Assignment 1

McIntyre, David R., Wolff, Francis G. (1998). An experiment with WWW interactive learning in university education. Computer & Education, 31, 255-264

Principle: In this study the principle is that students who have access to interactive WWW instruction learn better than students who are given only classroom instruction.

Class 1 using interactive WWW
Class 2 not using the WWW
Design: Students were not randomly assigned to a class. Number of students in each class was not stated.

Independent Variables: The independent variable in this study was the use of the interactive WWW learning. One class was instructed in how to use the available interactive learning on the web site that was created and encouraged to interact with other students via the web site. The other class was given instruction in the classroom and was not given access to the web site.

Dependent Variables: The dependent variable was the achievement of the students in each of the classes. The test scores of Class 1 were compared to the test scores of Class 2.

Procedures: The two groups of students were not given a pre-test prior to taking the class. Classroom instruction was given to Class 1 and supplemented with interactive lessons on the web site. Instruction was given to Class 2 in the classroom with additional classroom time for those students who needed additional instruction. A test on C pointers was given to both classes after instruction.

  Pre-test Post-test
Class 1 using interactive WWW None Classroom Test
Class 2

Not using the WWW

None Classroom Test

Results: Class 1 – Blue

Class 2 - Red

Comments: I thought this study on the use of the WWW and it's effect on achievement was very interesting. However, the study was not specific on number of students involved and only tested the students achievement one time.