School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Gary Kimball


DELES, Non-Native English Speakers, Online Course Grades, Online Learning


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education


In higher education, there is an increasing trend of Non-native English speakers (NNESs) enrolling in courses. In addition to an increase in NNESs in higher education, online learning also continues to rise every year. While there has been research investigating NNESs in traditional higher education courses, an opportunity remains to discover how NNESs perform in online courses. The purpose of this study was to explore the correlation between non-native English speakers’ (NNESs) responses on the Distance Education Learning Environments Survey (DELES) and final course grades in an online research course. The participants for this study were undergraduate NNESs enrolled in an online research course during the summer and fall of 2017. Data was compiled from the pre- and post-DELES responses and final grades for NNESs. The researcher compared NNESs’ responses from the DELES pre-survey to final course grades to determine if there was a positive correlation. Likewise, the researcher compared NNESs’ responses from the DELES post-survey to final course grades to explore if a positive correlation existed. To analyze the data, a Pearson Product Moment correlation coefficient was used to determine the relationship between NNESs’ responses on the DELES pre-survey and final course grades as well as the DELES post-survey responses and the final course grades. The analysis showed no correlation between the DELES pre-survey and post-survey with final course grades in an online research course. Lastly, the researcher addressed the implications of the results, limitations of the research, and made recommendations for future research.