Hybrid Online Learning Delivers
From the Bacon’s Rebellion web site (a great site you should check out!) is a blog post supporting University of Virginia’s move to join Coursera, using the latest research from Ithaka S+R: Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials.
As the University of Virginia has been embroiled in a battle over it’s actions–or, LACK of action–with jumping on the MOOC bandwagon (see my comments here: Experts: UVa.’s Coursera partnership far from an embrace of online learning (July 17th, 2012)).
An interesting read, Bacon’s Rebellion does a good job teasing-out the salient parts of the research.
“Vigorous efforts should be made to aggressively explore uses of both the relatively simple systems that are proliferating all around us, often to good effect, and more sophisticated systems that are still in their infancy. There is every reason to expect these systems to improve over time, perhaps dramatically, and thus it is not foolish to believe that learning outcomes will also improve.” – Conclusion from: “Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials“
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