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Evaluation of Web-based instruction in interior design education: A pilot study

, Eastern Michigan University, United States

Eastern Michigan University . Awarded


This pilot study evaluated the effect on student achievement and attitudes when Web-based instruction was incorporated into a freshman course in Interior Design. Thirty-one students from a population of 36 in 3 sections of IDE 120 “Interior Design: Studio II” participated winter term 1999. Each section was assigned a treatment: Web-based Instruction (WBI), Lecture/Web-based Instruction (Lecture/WBI), and Lecture only. Results showed that the WBI group performed at statistically significant (p = .003) lower achievement levels than the other groups in the study. Analysis of the WBI group found a statistically significant (p = .026, r = .636) correlation between the WBI unit grade and the average grade for quizzes taken previously in the class. This study suggested achievement in Web-based instruction may be linked to prior student achievement. Students who performed at lower academic levels may not be as successful in the self-regulated environment that often accompanies a Web-based instructional format.


Blair, K.N. Evaluation of Web-based instruction in interior design education: A pilot study. Master's thesis, Eastern Michigan University. Retrieved December 14, 2018 from .

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