An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Tutorial Learning Aids in MyMathLab: Part 2

Joan M. Raines, Linda M. Clark


The intent of the study was to continue an examination of the learning aids that are available for students to use when completing homework online in MyMathLab and try to determine if these aids improved mathematics learning and achievement in a redesigned elementary algebra course. A quasi-experimental pre/posttest design was employed to investigate data for 225 students enrolled in eleven sections of the course. Comparisons were made among four groups – a control group having access to both learning aids and three experimental groups having access to only one or none of the aids. Based on the findings of the data analysis, the two learning aids “Help Me Solve This” and “View an Example” appeared to have no effect on mathematics learning and student outcomes in the course. However, it did appear that for certain mathematics content, the type of learning aid students had access to made a difference in homework grades.

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