This paper describes an empirical study over two semesters and five CIS110 “Introduction to Computers” courses held for early college students at a mid-size community college. This age group can be difficult to manage in terms of learning discipline and keeping students on-task. Inappropriate Internet use during class creates a major source of distraction. The supplied data and analysis confirm our initial hypothesis that grades improve when the instructor uses a classroom management system. Using a data set of 104 students, we conduct t-Test and graphical data evaluation. Utilizing a classroom management system improves the final grade average in the order of a full grade step, far fewer students fail, and the spread of grades is significantly narrower. In addition, the overall classroom setting improves in terms of behavior and discipline.
Joyce, Robert and Schmidl, Harald, "The Big Brother and Better Early College Grades" (2008). SAIS 2008 Proceedings. 34.