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Guest Post: Using MyOMLab at Canisius College Increases Learning

December 8, 2014

lynn fishOur Guest Post today comes from Dr. Lynn A. Fish, who is Professor of Management at Canisius College

About a year ago, I ran a study for graduate student performance, using MyOMLab using the Heizer/Render text. The study reviewed the student’s performance using MyOMLab versus in-class. In the study, students completed their online homework, and then completed similar questions in-class on quizzes and tests. I recently ran the same study using undergraduate students. Again, the results indicated that students really learn using MyOMLab! In fact, the correlations were even higher for the undergraduates than the graduates.

Undergraduates and graduates exhibited moderate learning when the MyOMLab to in-class questions are ‘scaffolded’. (Scaffolded questions give the logical questioning and development of the problem by the questions asked. That is, one question result is used in the next question analysis, and so on. Partially-open questions may include some scaffolding and some open-ended portion. Open questions are large, complex problems students develop without being given the logical questioning, essentially a ‘blank sheet of paper’). As the in-class questions become ‘more open,’ students do not perform as well in-class testing. (Open, computer-graded questions are not available in MyOMLab at this time.)

These studies were done before additional features – vignettes, stories and videos, were added last summer to MyOMLab. The new features may encourage deeper thinking not currently shown in the studies that I’ve conducted. Regardless, both studies indicate that using MyOMLab encourages students to try the problems and learn.

The study, which I recently presented at the DSI meeting in Tampa, shows MyOMLab works. In recent course offerings, I added additional questions to the dataset that mirror my philosophy and methods. In the future, I’ll be reviewing the student’s correlation between online and in-class for the newer MyOMLab features. For example, short readings and videos, which may offer a different level of learning, and testing in the online environment, are features – that to my knowledge – are not in other textbook’s software.

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  1. December 9, 2014 2:41 am

    I attended Lynn’s session at DSI and have had some off line discussions with her about the level of ‘learning’ that she has observed in her class vs the research that Barry, Kevin Watson(at Iowa State U.), and Howard Weiss( at Temple U.) have done. Our findings are consistently on the order of one letter grade improvement when using MyOMLab. I think Lynn’s positive, but somewhat more modest results, may be related to her development of scaffolded questions that mimic the tutorial approach, which is a major strength of MyOMLab.

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