Learning Environments Research

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 137–155 | Cite as

Learning Environments and Learning Styles: Non-traditional Student Enrollment and Success in an Internet-based Versus a Lecture-based Computer Science Course

  • John P. Buerck
  • Theodore Malmstrom
  • Elliott Peppers


Colleges and universities are increasingly using information technologies to enhance the learning environment. Many educational institutions offer Internet-based on-line courses in an effort to meet the educational needs of students. The primary goal of this research was to determine if there is a relationship between students' preferred learning environment (i.e. face-to-face or on-line) and their learning style. The secondary goal was to determine if there were any differences in the academic success of students in the face-to-face versus on-line sections. Participants were adult (ages 22+ years), non-traditional computer science students given the option to take a face-to-face lecture-based or an on-line Internet-based computer science course. Results revealed that computer science students in the face-to-face learning environment were more likely to have the Assimilator learning-style, whereas computer science students in the on-line Internet-based learning environment were more likely to have the Converger learning-style. Student academic success did not reliably differ as a function of learning environment selection. Implications of these results are discussed in terms of learning style characteristics of computer science students, learning styles and gender differences and implications of student academic success in on-line vs face-to-face environments.

academic achievement computer science Internet-based learning environments learning styles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Buerck
    • 1
  • Theodore Malmstrom
    • 2
  • Elliott Peppers
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science Technology, SPS Building, Room 218St. Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Division of Geriatric Medicine, Schwitalla Hall, Room M23BSt. Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Academic Resources CenterSt. Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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