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Comparison of Employer Perceptions of the Efficacy of Traditional Classroom versus Online Learning Modes of Graduate Program Delivery Related to Employee Productivity in Jordan Open Access

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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the perception by employers of the performance level of employees as a function of the type of degree they hold. The study successfully compared the performance level of employees who earned their degrees from accredited online institutions with those employees who earned their degrees from conventional classroom institutions. The focus of the study was only on employees who hold a masters degree or a Ph.D. The population for the study was selected from three different organizations in Jordan, and the researcher used the simple random approach in selecting the population sample. The collected data came from a survey sent to the managers and another survey sent to the employees. The collected data were analyzed by applying the analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the t-test to compare the performance levels of the online-educated participants with the performance levels of the traditionally educated participants. The conclusion was that there is no statistically significant difference in the performance level between those who earned their degree from online institutions and those who earned their degrees from conventional classroom institutions. Specific recommendations related to the findings are discussed. The findings may be useful to organizational recruiters and to the employees themselves. This is an important finding because it helps to debunk the popularly held view among employers in Jordan that online programs are inferior to traditional classroom programs

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