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An Assessment of Online Instruction Vs. Blended Learning for an Undergraduate Business Decision Making Course

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Executive Summary

With the advent of laptop technology, the conventional classroom delivery of an introductory class to quantitative decision making has to be re-evaluated. Two distinct forms of instruction are presented: completely online delivery in which there is no face-to-face interaction between the instructor and the students, and a blended approach in which weekly interaction is supplemented with the use of non-intrusive recorded lectures. Using the same course material and content, the author has piloted both forms of instruction and the feedback from students has been varied. For the online mode, students found the course intensive, fast paced and only the extremely dedicated and self-motivated students completed the course successfully.

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