ONLINE COURSES MAY WORSEN ACADEMIC OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

ONLINE COURSES MAY WORSEN ACADEMIC OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Online university courses might be creating new challenges for the very students they are meant to help, a new study finds. Many non-traditional students turn to, and are recruited for, online degree programs on the promise of greater flexibility and lower fees. But research released by the Brookings Institution last week suggests online courses provide the worst academic outcomes for the students who most need extra support. Looking at the for-profit DeVry University’s enrollment and performance data, Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University report that students who took an online class…

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