Dr Somi Shin
Introduction to Research Methods
The spread of online learning has grown exponentially at every academic level and in many countries in our COVID-19 world. Due to the relatively new nature of such widespread use of online learning, little analysis or studies have been conducted on whether student performance takes a toll through this different medium. This paper aims to propose a research project targeted to study the impact of online learning on the academic performance of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students, as compared to an in-person medium. The research will be conducted over a period of 2 years for 3 modules that are common for students across all courses. Data utilized in the study will be obtained through a survey, as well as academic performance data sourced from ERAU. The analysis will be conducted using T-test and Regression techniques to identify statistically significant impacts of student performance in online versus in-person classes. The results obtained can be an estimated general trend of student performance in various other universities which conduct a mix of in-class and online learning in this COVID-19 era. The results obtained will also serve as a framework, and as possible preliminary results for future academic research with regards to the proposed topic. The observed trend will benefit institutions in identifying the method of instruction in which they would need to refine, to raise the standards of different instructional methods to a parity.