Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Study suggests online courses as good as classroom - Metro - The Boston Globe

A timely online learning reality check
"The burgeoning movement to put more college classes online, which attracted the support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month, is getting another endorsement that may have an even greater impact: rigorous evidence that the computer can be as effective as the classroom.
A new study compared two versions of an introductory statistics course, one taught face to face by professors and one mostly taught online with only an hour a week of face time. Researchers found students fared equally well in both formats on every measure of learning. The only difference was that the online group appeared to learn faster."
Study suggests online courses as good as classroom - Metro - The Boston Globe
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