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A survey was conducted to determine eleventh and twelfth grade students’ experiences in and thoughts about online courses that they completed. Ninety-one eleventh and two hundred and thirty-one twelfth grade students participated in the study. The study participants were enrolled in a charter middle/high school in a diverse metropolitan city in the US. The survey contained items that were designed to determine study participants’ likings and preferences for taking online versus face-to-face courses, their thoughts about academic misconduct in online courses, and thoughts about communication and interaction with online teachers / facilitators. The study participants were also asked whether it was easier to pass in online or face-to-face courses and also the course delivery format in which they learn more. Findings indicate that study participants think it is easier to cheat in online courses and that they like and prefer to take courses face-to-face. Study participants also reported that online course teachers / facilitators communicated and interacted with them and were available to help them when they needed help. A majority of the study participants think it is easier to pass an online course and that they learn more in a face-to-face course.


Originally published in International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.

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