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We wanted to explore if the use of MyLab IT helps students achieve better exam results. So we worked with the faculty at a mid-sized, four-year university in the Mid-Western US, where students were using MyLab IT during the 2015–2016 academic year in an introductory information technology course, Business Problem Solving with IT.
We proposed that MyLab IT usage and performance would be correlated with achievement on independently administered course exams.
In this course, the instructor assigned individual activities within MyLab IT as practice and homework exercises and also combined MyLab IT resources to generate course exams designed to assess students’ programming skills. MyLab IT’s simulation and Grader activities were both used, though with an emphasis on Grader activities.
We measured usage by looking at:
We measured MyLab IT performance by averaging scores across each of the activities.
We found that the number of unique MyLab IT activities that a student attempted was related to their achievement in the course. We also found that 78% of students who completed the course passed the course.
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On average, attempting an additional seven unique assignments was associated with an increase in course exam score by half a letter grade (5%).
In our research, 78% of students who completed the course using MyLab IT passed the course.
The Microsoft Office skills MyLab IT teaches apply to many other subjects and real-life situations, as shown in a study with MacEwan University, Canada.
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— Student, MacEwan University, Canada
— Colleen Boland, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, US
By awarding badges to show employers, MyLab IT prepares accounting students at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee for internships, part-time work, and future careers.
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