US Department of Education Releases New Report on Online Learning

The US Department of Education has released a new report summarizing their findings on the use of online learning. The analysis and report talk about the findings of several studies and reports conducted from 1996 2008. Here are some highlights from the report:

  • “Online learning—for students and for teachers—is one of the fastest growing trends in educational uses of technology. The National Center for Education Statistics (2008) estimated that the number of K-12 public school students enrolling in a technology-based distance education course grew by 65 percent in the two years from 2002-03 to 2004-05. On the basis of a more recent district survey, Picciano and Seaman (2009) estimated that more than a million K–12 students took online courses in school year 2007–08.”
  • 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. Learning outcomes for students who engaged in online learning exceeded those of students receiving face-to-face instruction, with an average effect size of +0.24 favoring online conditions.
  • The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types.

If you would like to read the full report, click here.

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on January 15, 2010.

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