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Wednesday, March 30 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Paper Presentation 3/6: 286 Effectiveness Of E-Learning With Online Forum Vs E-Learning With Face-To-Face Lesson LIMITED

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e-Learning is practised widely in Singapore schools. However, is computer-mediated interaction as good as face-to-face interaction? This study compares the effectiveness of two forms of e-learning; an e-learning package with a teacher-led online forum was compared with an e-learning package with a face-to-face follow-up lesson.

Two classes of Secondary Three (Express) GCE O Level Science (Physics) students in a mainstream government school accessed an online independent learning package on Thermal Properties without teacher input, after which an online pre-test was administered. Class A later went on to participate in a 40-minute teacher-led online forum while Class B had a one-hour lesson in class with their subject teacher. Both classes subsequently took their post-test. A survey was subsequently administered to Class A to obtain their perspective of their learning in the online forum. Statistical analysis of the pre- and post-test data revealed that Class A scored significantly better than Class B, showing that computer-mediated interaction via an online forum produced better test scores than face-to-face learning.

The survey results suggest that the improvement to student learning was perceived to be due to the novelty of the learning mode, better participation rate in an online setting and the chapter being suitable for e-learning. This study suggests that schools can conduct e-learning for suitable topics without any follow-up face-to-face lessons, saving precious curriculum time.

avatar for PHOA YEW HUI


Physics Teacher, Damai Secondary School

Wednesday March 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm GMT+08
MR 334