Online learning has made a major impact in the world of education. Recent studies show that online learning is an effective and reputable way to earn a college degree.
Want to know more? Here are some highlights from online learning research reports:
1. Students involved in online learning outperform their peers.
According to a 2009 meta study from the Department of Education: “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.” Students who mix online learning with traditional coursework (i.e. blended learning) do even better. Source: Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
, United States Department of Education.
3. Most reputable colleges offer online learning.
During the 06-07, the National Center for Educational Statistics found that two-thirds of Title IV, degree-granting post secondary schools offered some form of online learning. (Title IV schools are properly accredited institutions permitted to participate in federal financial aid programs.) Source: Distance Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions: 2006-07
, National Center for Education Statistics.
4. Public colleges report a greater commitment to online learning.
Public schools are more likely to identify online learning as an essential part of their long-term strategy, according to the Sloan Consortium. Their online learning courses are also more likely to represent a greater number of disciplines. Source: Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States 2008
, Sloan Consortium.