[Air-l] online education effectiveness
haythorn at uiuc.edu
Tue Sep 12 05:53:10 PDT 2006
As with most applications of CMC, the question is not really whether programs
are effective or cost effective, but how to do it best anyway. Sloan-C supported
a lot of work in the US with the aim of proving that teaching and learning was
possible via asynchronous learning (ALN for asynchronous learning networks),
and then to see about cost effectiveness. In general, most would agree about
the former, but also that it is not (yet?) a cost saving. Indeed, many wonder why
educational institutions should be trying to make a cheaper model of education.
The flip side is why should educational institutions be so expensive and thus
Research -- lots of journals, from the Journal of Asynchronous Learning
Networks to many Education journals, and work in CMC journals. Plus, Sloan-C
reports, National School Board and department of education reports.
Main effectiveness reference is the No Significant Difference work (http://
www.nosignificantdifference.org/) showing no difference in learning outcomes
online vs off. Hence it is 'as good as' ftf/offline.
More subtle effectiveness work points out the greater reach of online,
advantages for those with different learning styles (e.g., the reflexivity possible
in online venues, and ability to review materials), opportunities to be embedded
in local work and community, and the variety of mediated options that increase
variety of educational means.
There are several notable large scale failures of programs at the university level
(e.g., UK eU), but many success stories at the program/degree level.
UIUC is currently proposing a 'Global Campus' -- we're waiting to see if the
board approves the money.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 18:23:45 +0100 (BST)
>From: Heidi Campbell <hcampbe1 at yahoo.co.uk>
>Subject: Re: [Air-l] online education effectiveness
>To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
> Does anyone know any good research reports or review articles that deal with
the effectiveness of online education tools or initiatives? For instance, friend told
me the The University of Illinois just invested $20 million in just trying to assess
feasibility of its online education program.
> So what evidence is out there right now as to whether online education tools/
programs are effective or cost effective?
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