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Version 1.1 – Updated August 2021

Web-based learning

Overview

  • Influence: Web-based learning
  • Domain: Technology, School, and Out-of-School Strategies
  • Sub-Domain: Technology
  • Potential to Accelerate Student Achievement: Potential to accelerate
  • Influence Definition: With the proliferation of sophisticated online tools for teaching, web- based learning today refers to many different types of online activities. Students might: visit websites to acquire key information; write on a blogging platform in connection with an in-person or online course; communicate with classmates through internet platforms, such as Slack or GoogleDocs; develop born-digital projects with groups of fellow students; or interact with each other and their instructor through an online learning management system, such as BlackBoard.

Evidence

  • Number of meta-analyses: 6
  • Number of studies: 280
  • Number of students: 38,106
  • Number of effects: 393
  • Effect size: 0.42

Meta-Analyses

Meta-Analyses
Journal Title Author First Author's Country Article Name Year Published Variable Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Effect Size
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Olson & Wisher USA The Effectiveness of Web-Based Instruction: An Initial Inquiry 2002 Web based learning 15 0 15 0.24
Personnel Psychology Sitzmann, Kraiger, Stewart, & Wisher USA The comparative effectiveness of web-based and classroom instruction: A meta-analysis. 2006 Web-based and traditional classes 96 19,331 96 0.15
Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences Camnalbur, Bayraktar, & Amuce Cyprus The effect of web-based instruction on achievement: A meta-analysis study 2013 Web-based 27 0 27 0.81
Conference Paper Mukawa USA Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Online Instruction in Higher Education using Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles for Good Practice 2006 Web based learning principles 25 3,223 25 0.14
Review of Educational Research Noetel, Griffith, Delaney, Sanders, Parker, Cruz, & Lonsdale Australia Video improves learning in higher education: A systematic review. 2021 Swapping video for lectures 83 7,776 166 0.28
Review of Educational Research Noetel, Griffith, Delaney, Sanders, Parker, Cruz, & Lonsdale Australia Video improves learning in higher education: A systematic review. 2021 Supplementary with video 34 7,776 64 0.88
TOTAL/AVERAGE 280 38,106 393 0.42

Confidence

The Confidence is the average of these four measures, each divided into five approximately equal groups and assigned a value from 1 to 5 based on the following criteria:

  • Number of Meta-analyses
    • 1 = 1
    • 2 = 2–3
    • 3 = 4–6
    • 4 = 7–9
    • 5 = 10+
  • Number of Studies
    • 1 = 1–10
    • 2 = 11–50
    • 3 = 51–200
    • 4 = 201–400
    • 5 = 400+
  • Number of Students
    • 1 = 1–2,500
    • 2 = 2,501–10,000
    • 3 = 10,000–20,000
    • 4 = 20,000–100,000
    • 5 = 100,001+
  • Number of Effects
    • 1 = 1–100
    • 2 = 101–300
    • 3 = 301–600
    • 4 = 601–1,200
    • 5 = 1,200+
Confidences
Number of Meta-Analyses Number of Studies Number of Students Number of Effects Overall Confidence
Confidence Factor 3 4 4 3 4
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