Online Learning May Slightly Hurt Student Performance

Sophia Li, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jun 21, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Chronicle prints another blatantly misleading and misrepresentative depiction of online learning. In this post titles "Online Learning May Slightly Hurt Student Performance" the author concludes, "The study found that students who watched lectures online instead of attending in-person classes performed slightly worse in the course over all." As Matt Crosslin says, "That sound you hear is the collective world of EduGeeks around the world firmly planting their palm to their forehead." Because there is probably not any person, anywhere who thinks that watching lectures online constitutes online learning. Mistaking lecture videos for online learning would be like mistaking the Chronicle for, well, journalism.
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