Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 13

Volume 13 Number 2, Pages 125-134

Summer 2002

Evaluating the Virtual Management Information Systems (MIS) Classroom

Thomas Abraham
Kean University
Union, NJ 07083, USA

Abstract: This paper outlines techniques for an active learning environment in a virtual MIS classroom, as well as a comparison of outcomes in that distance learning class with a regular, live, MIS class. These techniques included discussions, small group projects and cooperative work supported by technology such as chat sessions, e-mail and bulletin boards. Feedback to students was improved through the use of an online grade book and e-mail. Outcomes were measured in terms of grades for participation, exercises, assignments, tests and the overall grade. There were no significant differences in outcomes. The paper also presents the results of a survey measuring students' experiences with the virtual class. Students were generally very positive about the quality of the learning experience. Teaching a distance learning class using active learning techniques is a difficult and time-consuming enterprise.

Keywords: Distance learning, Active learning, MIS education, Virtual learning environments, Evaluating distance learning

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Recommended Citation: Abraham, T. (2002). Evaluating the Virtual Management Information Systems (MIS) Classroom. Journal of Information Systems Education, 13(2), 125-134.