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This study integrated the Spiral Curriculum approach into the Robust Learning Model as part of a continuous improvement process that was designed to improve educational effectiveness and then assessed the differences between the initial and integrated models as well as the predictability of the first course in the integrated learning model on a wide range of educational effectiveness indicators for online master degree programs.

Meaningful improvement in educational effectiveness was validated by the study. The importance of the first course's predictors in predicting and explaining the various degree program educational effectiveness indicators was also very instrumental.

The theoretical and practical implications of the study's findings for online faculty, university administrators, and policy makers were examined.

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Originally published in Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 10(2), 95-108. Licensed under CC BY 4.0. The original material can be found here.