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An Evaluation of an Adaptive Learning Tool in an Introductory Business Course
by Rogers, Tim A., Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2016, 141; 10128158
Abstract (Summary)

Adding technology to the classroom has been an instructional strategy used by many higher-education institutions to increase student success, but merely adding computers, multimedia devices, and other technology to the classroom with pedagogical arbitrariness has proven to have little effect. The purpose of this study was to determine if using the adaptive learning technology (ALT) tool, LearnSmart, in seated introductory business courses would result in a statistically significant difference in unit exam scores, to analyze changes in exam performance through different time increments used of the ALT, and to investigate correlations between the student’s metacognition in the ALT module and his or her performance on the unit exam. The population of this study consisted of students in nine sections of introductory business courses at three large community colleges in the Midwest. The first group of students did not use LearnSmart before the exam, the second group of students completed a 20-minute LearnSmart module for each chapter before the exam, and the third group of students completed a 40-minute LearnSmart module for each chapter before the exam. From the data collected and analyzed in this study, there was a statistically significant positive difference in exam scores of students in an introductory business course who completed the 40-minute LearnSmart modules prior to the exam compared to students who did not use LearnSmart. There was also a statistically significant correlation between a student’s metacognitive score and his or her exam score.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grover, Kathy
Commitee: DeVore, Sherry, Fulks, Jeff
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Business education, Educational technology, Business and Secretarial Schools, Junior Colleges
Keywords: LearnSmart, Technology
Publication Number: 10128158
ISBN: 978-1-339-86187-6
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