Some students don’t benefit from online courses

“For advanced learners, online classes are a terrific option, but academically challenged students need a classroom with a teacher’s support,” Susan Dynarksi writes in the New York Times.

To illustrate that online courses are harming the students who need the most help, Dynarksi cites studies conducted in Chicago high schools and recent research by professors at Harvard and Stanford.

These scholars examined the performance of hundreds of thousands of students at DeVry University, a large for-profit college with sites across the country. DeVry offers online and face-to-face versions of all its courses, using the same textbooks, assessments, assignments and lecture materials in each format. Even though the courses are seemingly identical, the students who enroll online do substantially worse.

The effects are lasting, with online students more likely to drop out of college altogether. Hardest hit are those who entered the online class with low grades. Work by researchers in many other colleges concurs with the DeVry findings: The weakest students are hurt most by the online format.

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