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Internet Learning

Internet Learning

Abstract

This research determined the effect of student readiness on student success in online courses that were of quality course design; were taught by experienced, engaging instructors; and were delivered within a well-supported and familiar Learning Management System (LMS). The research team hypothesized that student success in well-designed courses (those that meet the Quality Matters standards) and that are taught by experienced, engaging faculty is most influenced by student readiness factors, including individual attributes (such as motivation), life factors, comprehension, general knowledge, reading rate and recall, and typing speed and accuracy. A goal of the study was to determine which of these factors correlated most closely to student success. Results of this study indicated that, when course design, instruction, and LMS are held constant, only typing speed/accuracy and reading rate/recall were statistically significant as measured by the SmarterMeasure instrument and correlated to student course retention and course grade. Recommendations for further research are made.

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