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Comparison of Online and Onsite Bioinformatics Instruction for a Fully Online Bioinformatics Master’s Program

    Authors: Kristina M. Obom1,*, Patrick J. Cummings1
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    Affiliations: 1: Advanced Biotechnology Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
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    • Published 17 May 2007
    • *Corresponding Author. Mailing address: 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone: (301)- 294-7159. Fax: (301) -315-2886. E-mail: kobom@jhu.edu.
    • Copyright © 2007, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2007 vol. 8 no. 1 22-27. doi:10.1128/193578807X14285805110719
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    Abstract:

    The completely online Master of Science in Bioinformatics program differs from the onsite program only in the mode of content delivery. Analysis of student satisfaction indicates no statistically significant difference between most online and onsite student responses, however, online and onsite students do differ significantly in their responses to a few questions on the course evaluation queries. Analysis of student exam performance using three assessments indicates that there was no significant difference in grades earned by students in online and onsite courses. These results suggest that our model for online bioinformatics education provides students with a rigorous course of study that is comparable to onsite course instruction and possibly provides a more rigorous course load and more opportunities for participation.

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Abstract:

The completely online Master of Science in Bioinformatics program differs from the onsite program only in the mode of content delivery. Analysis of student satisfaction indicates no statistically significant difference between most online and onsite student responses, however, online and onsite students do differ significantly in their responses to a few questions on the course evaluation queries. Analysis of student exam performance using three assessments indicates that there was no significant difference in grades earned by students in online and onsite courses. These results suggest that our model for online bioinformatics education provides students with a rigorous course of study that is comparable to onsite course instruction and possibly provides a more rigorous course load and more opportunities for participation.

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Course of study for a Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2007 vol. 8 no. 1 22-27. doi:10.1128/193578807X14285805110719
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Student survey instrument. Students onsite complete the survey on the last night of class. Online students answer the same questions in the same format when the last unit opens, but it is a computer-based survey. Questions 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, and 17 were analyzed.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2007 vol. 8 no. 1 22-27. doi:10.1128/193578807X14285805110719
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Comparison of online and onsite student responses. The data represent the percentage of students who agreed with the statements, “The course was taught at a level I expected,” “I learned a great deal from the course,” “Assignments were an effective way to learn the material,” “Instructor encouraged participation,” “The work load was rigorous,” and “I would recommend this course.”

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2007 vol. 8 no. 1 22-27. doi:10.1128/193578807X14285805110719
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