The research on the efficacy of online learning is growing as the medium becomes increasingly popular among students seeking academic enrichment or credit recovery. The International Association for K-12 Online Learning, or iNACOl, has compiled much of the findings to date in a new report: “A Summary of Research on the Effectiveness of K-12 Online Learning.”
“A range of studies comparing traditional delivery to online learning finds that students who are enrolled in virtual schools and online courses are performing better on exams and enhancing their education,” iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick, who wrote the report, said in a statement. “Online learning is serving diverse student needs for improving performance. Old school models may not work best for today’s students.”
Of course, that is just Patrick’s perspective. You might want to check out the research and form your own opinions. After all, there are drawbacks to this approach.
We’ve covered this topic extensively as it has evolved, and you can also find our coverage of online learning in our Technology Counts 2009 special report.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.