Department of Education: Online Education Beats Classroom

Says Students in Online Learning Conditions Perform Better

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An interesting study from none other than the US Department of Education says that students using online education actually perform better than those who just learn in the classroom. The findings are all the more intriguing, considering the source.

The study examined a number of other studies on the subject to reach its conclusions. Online education programs should be pleased with the results.

Some of the key findings from the study:

– Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.

– Instruction combining online and face-to-face elements had a larger advantage relative to purely face-to-face instruction than did purely online instruction.

– Studies in which learners in the online condition spent more time on task than students in the face-to-face condition found a greater benefit for online learning.

– Most of the variations in the way in which different studies implemented online learning did not affect student learning outcomes significantly.

– The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types.

– Blended and purely online learning conditions implemented within a single study generally result in similar student learning outcomes.

– Elements such as video or online quizzes do not appear to influence the amount that students learn in online classes.

– Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media and prompting learner reflection.


"The ability to share ideas with anyone in the world is a major benefit of online education," says Dr. Sal Arria, CEO/Co-Founder of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). "24/7/365 worldwide access makes the exchange of ideas as simple as an email or message board."

"Once people experience the fun, ease, and power of online education, they won’t want to stop learning," adds Arria, "Online education allows people all over the world to expand their knowledge base, at their own pace, and in the way that works best for their schedule and lives."

You have to wonder if the findings will lead to an increased presence of online training programs in classrooms across the US. You have to also wonder how that might affect teaching jobs, many of which are already in peril, due to the state of the economy. Here is a look at the Department of Education’s full report (pdf).

Department of Education: Online Education Beats Classroom
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  • http://www.educationgrant.com Sandra Proulx

    I feel like it takes a certain amount of diligence and self discipline to be able to be successful with an online course, so those characteristics might also play a part in these findings.

    And, you’re right on point with suspecting that the findings will lead to an increased presence of online programs. President Obama has allotted $500 million of his education initiative to create new online courses to be offered through community colleges.

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    Since everything is going advance and in this fast moving world, I think online education is a welcoming one. Moreover there are more statistics which shows that students prefer online education than classrooms.

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  • charie

    Hi sir,
    Hello poh sir@mam,ahm pwedi po ba kong mag tanong about sa educatoin online,,sir isa poh ako sa mga tao na di nakapag aral ng high school hangang grade 6 lang poh ako sir ngayun eh gusto ko pong mag aral kaso na hihiya na poh ako,gusto ko kasi nag aral ng collge eh pero di ko poh alam kong pano mag umpisa eh,,kasi nga poh ayaw kong mag firts year sa school kahit public lang na kakahiya po kasi eh,,tanong ko lang poh kong pdedi kong mag aral sa online education poh sir,,para naman kahit kunty eh may malaman akong inglish kasi poh di talag ako malam nag inglish eh,,di ren poh ako matlino noong elem,ako kay baka pwdedi nio kong tulungan,,marami pong salamat sa inyo,,god bless po,,

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