Online courses can widen learning gap

Digital learning is expanding access to higher education, but may be widening the  achievement gap. Students who have trouble learning in a traditional classroom have even more trouble learning online, concludes a study of community college students in Washington state. For older students, women and high achievers, the difference between online learning and face-to-face learning is small.

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  1. Those unmotivated to learn… show even less learning when the medium requires self-motivation!  Who’d a thunk it?!

  2. The teachers’ unions need to get all Teamsters on the government and make them make online learning illegal, at all costs. This foolishness is absurd, and evil. It’s putting people out of jobs and only giving the false impression of learning. RE: I can read about cooking all I want, but that doesn’t mean I know how to actually cook!

    • The teachers’ unions need to get all Teamsters on the government and make them make online learning illegal, at all costs.

      Since you might learn something by coming here, do you plan to start with yourself?  Or is it just something you want to be denied to children in public schools?

      It’s … only giving the false impression of learning. RE: I can read about cooking all I want, but that doesn’t mean I know how to actually cook!

      Obviously cookbooks must also be outlawed, since merely reading them doesn’t create food.

      It’s putting people out of jobs

      Ah, yes.  The only purpose of the public schools is employment, and nothing else counts.

    • Cookbooks have been teaching people how to cook for a century or so, TV entered the picture in the 60s or thereabout (Julia Child) and, now, people can also watch videos to learn or sharpen skills. Your argument doesn’t hold water.

  3. The major limitation of this study was that it did not take into account the quality of the online classes. And the quality of the class is the biggest contributing factor in making an online course a success or failure.

  4. The bright and motivated can learn from many sources; it’s why Andrew Carnegie endowed libraries.

  5. Mark Roulo says:

    I had been withholding judgement, but it is pretty obvious now that Bickaneye Joephineo is a troll.

    And not a very entertaining one either :-(

    • I don’t know about that; he/she hasn’t plugged anything. I think the truth is even scarier: that this person is the result of Ed School brainwashing, and is truly so far to the left in liberal-land that they really do think that way. It would be less scary if they were a troll!

  6. As for the subject at hand, I think that online courses certainly have their place, but it depends on the level of class (i.e., a freshman Bachelor’s class vs. a PhD class), the type of class (is it just reading and writing? no labs?) and the ability to learn something from just reading about it (I’ve read that Math is one of those subjects where you just can’t look at example problems in books and understand them; you have to watch people solve the problems in person, in real time, and explain what they did along the way). So, while I don’t think brick-and-mortar Universities are going anywhere, I do see some classes becoming majority online in the future.