Animal Sciences

Impact Grant
Date Selected: 
January, 2012
Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Animal Sciences
Project Lead: 
Jeanne Osborne


This project focused on Animal Sciences 2367, which serves as both a Social Science GEC (currently as ANIM SCI 240) and serves as a 2nd writing course GEC. With anticipated enrollment increases, as well as enrollment by students in the discipline from locations other than the Columbus campus, the grant focused on developing the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model. The project included mediated individual and group writing and presentation activities and synchronous and asynchronous interactions to facilitate student engagement.


  • Attendance—Perception:
    • Start—79% planned to attend mostly/always in-person
    • End—72% reported attending mostly/always online
  • Attendance—Actual
    • Start—20-40% of students attending regularly online
    • End—60-70% of students attending regularly online
    • 49% of students attended more than 75% of lectures online
    • 64% attended more than 60% of lectures online for the term
  • Perception of Technology
    • 84% agreed technology helped them actively participate in the course
    • 17% thought technology hindered interaction with the instructor
    • 56% agreed technology helped create a sense of community
    • 52% agreed that technology helped students engage with their peers
  • Student perception of satisfaction and comfort with technology exceeded 85%
    • Greater than 90% agreed that technology helped them understand and connect with course content
    • Greater than 90% indicated that instructional technology made the materials and activities more interesting, and was not distracting
  • Student Performance
    • There was no correlation between mode of attendance and overall grade
    • There was no correlation between mode of attendance and grade on writing assignments that required knowledge of lecture content
    • There was no significant relationship between number of unexcused absences and percent online attendance
    • 85% of students agreed that the technology used in the course helped them achieve their learning goals