A Comparison of Student Grades, Floral Design Laboratory Skill Scores, and Course Satisfaction of Traditional and Online Sections of a University Floral Design Course

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S.R. HenssDepartment of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77842-2133.

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J.M. ZajicekDepartment of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77842-2133.

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R.D. LinebergerDepartment of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77842-2133.

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Performance of college-level floral design students was compared using a sample of 140 students from Texas A&M University. The experimental group was enrolled in the online version of the course, while the control group was enrolled in the traditional version of the course. Students in both groups were asked to fill out surveys at the beginning and end of the semester. In addition, student floral designs were evaluated at the beginning and end of the semester, and student grades were compared at the end of the semester. No statistically significant differences were noted in terms of student course satisfaction. However, differences were noted in course grades, with those enrolled in the traditional section of the course outperforming those in the online section. Overall, the students in both sections of the course did well in terms of grades, floral design skill scores, and course satisfaction. Results indicated that certain student characteristics may be indicators for student success in online courses.

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