[Air-L] Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at iastate.edu
Wed Aug 19 11:35:38 PDT 2009



A Wednesday PM (CT) Discovery !!




New York Times / August 19, 2009, 1:08 pm / Updated: 1:29 pm / Steve


A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI
International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic
title, but a most intriguing conclusion: 


"On average, students in online learning conditions performed better
than those receiving face-to-face instruction." 



Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were
quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the
same courses. The analysis for the Department of Education found that,
on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank
in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average
classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile. 


>>>That is a modest but statistically meaningful difference.<<<




Until fairly recently, online education amounted to little more than
electronic versions of the old-line correspondence courses. That has
really changed with arrival of Web-based video, instant messaging and
collaboration tools. The real promise of online education, experts say,
is providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual
students than is possible in classrooms. That enables more "learning by
doing," which many students find more engaging and useful.  




Links to the original NYTimes article and the full DOEd report available


[ http://tinyurl.com/nk97w8  ]


Enjoy !





Gerry McKiernan


Associate Professor


Science and Technology Librarian


Iowa State University Library


Ames IA 50011



gerrymck at iastate.edu    



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