A Comparative Analysis of Business Students' Performance and Perception on Online vs. Face-to-Face Peer-Assisted Learning

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  • Ka-Yan So
  • Pit Ho Patrio Chiu

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-300
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Learning and Teaching
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023



This paper first compares the academic performance of business students who participated in online and offline peer-assisted learning during 2018–2022. The purpose of the study was to evaluate if quantitative academic result was impacted by the mode of delivery. Interviews were then conducted with students who attended/taught both modes of classes to solicit their personal qualitative feedback. Key research questions and issues to be studied include: (1) any objective difference in academic performance (as measured in course GPA) between students attending online and face-to-face sessions; (2) any perceptible difference in learning effectiveness; and (3) any perceptible difference in communication with both leaders and peers during class. After investigation, it was found that both delivery modes offered a similar level of student academic performance and learning experience, and there was no evidence to suggest that peer-assisted learning was impacted by the mode of delivery. Reasons could be concluded as small class size, high level of technological literacy, and voluntariness. Though student interviewees mostly agreed that both online and face-to-face peer-assisted learning were equally effective, if they were to choose between the two, all of them would opt for physical classes as they stimulated greater learning motivation. © 2023 by the authors.

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  • face-to-face education, online education, peer-assisted learning

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