Share Paper: Persistence and Performance of Adult Learners in Blended Business Education

  1. Katie Goeman, KU Leuven, Belgium
  2. Nick Deschacht, KU Leuven, Belgium
Thursday, June 26 4:30 PM-5:00 PM B3111

Abstract: Policy makers, scholars and practitioners emphasize the importance of blended learning as a leverage for accessibility, flexibility and effectiveness of teaching and learning activities in tertiary education. In 2009, a mid-sized university college in Belgium developed a blended academic business education program aimed at adult learners. This paper reports on the findings of analyses using a large and original data set to test the impact of the introduction of the blended learning format on students’ persistence and performance. For this purpose, a difference-in-difference research model is developed which allows to calculate net effects, controlling for variations in exam difficulty across ...