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Evaluation case study of an introductory accounting course taught over the Internet using computer-based instruction

, Northern Arizona University, United States

Northern Arizona University . Awarded


The purpose of this formative case study course evaluation was to determine the strengths and weaknesses of an introductory accounting course delivered over the Internet. The strengths and weaknesses were examined for the purpose of improving instruction. The following course components were examined: (1) the startup materials; (2) the Web-based course management system; (3) the computer-based instruction and textbook; (4) the structure of the course and attitudes it promoted toward online learning, computer-based instruction, and self-regulated learning traits; (5) the structure of the course in order to support the kind of learning the students need to be successful by comparing the final exam grades, final course grades, and withdrawal rate between the Internet and non-Intenet classes.

This qualitative evaluation case study used multimethods (questionnaires, interviews, and document checking), multisources (students, professor, teaching assistant, technical support specialist, distance education specialist), and a second investigator to evaluate the data to ensure objectivity.

The major findings revealed that the students were confused about how to begin the course. However, after the students got started, they found that the Web-based course management system and computer-based instruction were effective and easy to use. The study showed that eighty-seven percent of the students in the Internet class indicated that they would take another Internet course. The final exam grades and final course grades were very similar between the two groups. However, the withdrawal rate was almost three times higher in the Internet class. The research findings also provided insight into how the course could be improved.


Larson-Birney, B. Evaluation case study of an introductory accounting course taught over the Internet using computer-based instruction. Ph.D. thesis, Northern Arizona University. Retrieved November 13, 2019 from .

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