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Defending Online Learning, Part Two

By Thomas K. Lindsay

In Part One of “Defending Online Learning,” published in this space last Tuesday, I presented the studies testifying that students who take all or part of their classes online perform better on average than those studying the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.

Online education also is making its presence increasingly felt at the K–12 level, leading education analysts Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn to predict that by 2019, 50 percent of all courses for grades 9–12 will be taken online — “the vast majority of them in blended-learning school environments with teachers, which will fundamentally move learning beyond the four walls and traditional arrangement of today’s all-too-familiar classroom.”

If their forecast proves even half-right, it is reasonable to expect that, in very short order, waves of online-educated, college-bound students will be comfortable with, will expect, and perhaps — given both its lower cost and instructional efficacy — will demand a similar mix of face-to-face and online education.

Continued at: http://www.nationalreview.com/phi-beta-cons/292783/defending-online-learning-part-two-thomas-k-lindsay

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