The paper, Self-efficacy, performance and the role of blended learning, used student surveys, discussion forums and grades to determine whether the online component of the module enables students to master maths skills.
University of Greenwich introduced Pearson's MyLabMath in 2007. The aim was to address students’ varied ability levels and encourage engagement with the module on a regular basis.
The study explored whether the ability to work at their own pace and to receive instant feedback from MyLabMath would improve their maths skills and therefore their confidence.
The researchers looked at four themes: flexibility, interactivity, blended design and functionality of the platform.
"The findings are that the blended approach increases academic self-efficacy in the area of mathematics, also enhancing the student experience.
"These benefits arise from the combination of allowing the individual mastery of technical skills in the private and stress-free environment provided by the online platform and access to social resources in the classroom setting".
- University of Greenwich