An Application of Active Learning and Distance Education

Thomas Pencek
Meredith College, USA

Dennis Bialaszewski
Indiana State University, USA

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This paper discusses the planning and observations of a group project using the Internet between two schools, one in Indiana and one in North Carolina. Students at each school are members of a group assigned to do some financial research on the Internet. Specifically, two companies are researched by each group and two financial ratios computed and compared. Finance students in North Carolina have the assignment to explain the meaning of the two ratios to their colleagues in Indiana, who are mainly freshmen Management Information Systems students. The goals are to promote the use of the Internet, active learning, and teamwork. Despite some problems, the project is deemed to be a success.

Keywords: Teamwork, Active Learning, Financial Ratios