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Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas

Di Xu; Shanna Jaggars

Title:
Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas
Author(s):
Xu, Di
Jaggars, Shanna
Date:
Type:
Reports
Department(s):
Community College Research Center
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Series:
CCRC Working Paper
Part Number:
54
Notes:
http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/
Publisher:
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Using a dataset containing nearly 500,000 courses taken by over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington State, this study examines how well students adapt to the online environment in terms of their ability to persist and earn strong grades in online courses relative to their ability to do so in face-to-face courses. While all types of students in the study suffered decrements in performance in online courses, some struggled more than others to adapt: males, younger students, Black students, and students with lower grade point averages. In particular, students struggled in subject areas such as English and social science, which was due in part to negative peer effects in these online courses.
Subject(s):
Community colleges
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Suggested Citation:
Di Xu, Shanna Jaggars, , Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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