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Studying Political Science Online: The Determinants of Success in the Virtual Classroom

Internet
Education
Higher Education
Kerstin Hamann
University of Central Florida
Kerstin Hamann
University of Central Florida

Abstract

College students are taking online courses at an astounding rate and increasing rapidly in numbers. Here, we propose to take a first step towards understanding who the online students in Political Science are, and whether – and if so, how – they differ from traditional students. We use demographic data as well as data on academic progress and success to get a snapshot on the nature of online learners, and how well the online environment serves them to achieve academic success. We analyze data from a large metropolitan public research university that enrolls about 1300 majors in the Political Science department.