Comparing the performance of on-campus and online students in an accidental experiment

Patrick Bijsmans, Arjan Schakel

Research output: Non-textual / digital / web - outputsWeb publication/siteProfessional


Students and staff are experiencing challenging times, but, as Winston Churchill famously said, “never let a good crisis go to waste”. Patrick recently led a new undergraduate course on academic research at Maastricht University (read more about the course here). Due to COVID-19 students could choose whether they preferred online or on-campus teaching, which resulted in 10 online groups and 11 on-campus groups. We were presented with an opportunity to compare the performance of students who took the very same course, but did so either on-campus or online. Our key lesson: particularly focus on online students and their learning.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherActive Learning in Political Science
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2021


  • Teaching and learning
  • Online teaching and learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Study success

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