Online Learning Update

May 26, 2012

Online Learning: Study Shows Promise and Challenges of ‘Hybrid’ Courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Katie Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Students learn just as much in a course that’s taught partly online as they would in a traditional classroom, but such courses won’t reach their potential until they are both easier for faculty members to customize and more fun for students, according to a report released today. The report, “Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence From Randomized Trials,” is based on a study conducted by Ithaka S+R, a consultancy on the use of technology in teaching. The finding that hybrid courses are no better or worse than traditional ones isn’t, as it might appear, “a bland result,” said one of the co-authors, William G. Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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