In-person, live instruction and class meetings offer superior results to students than online courses. It’s true! And you no longer have to listen to fuddy-duddy old proffies like me, who have been beating our breasts and wailing about the poor outcomes of online classes. From a study of 217,000 unique students in California community colleges:
[R]esearchers found online students lagging behind face-to-face students in three critical areas:
- Completing courses (regardless of grade).
- Completing courses with passing grades.
- Completing courses with grades of A or B.
The results were the same across subject matters, courses of different types and different groups of students. Larger gaps were found in some areas, such as summer courses and courses taken by relatively small numbers of online students. But no patterns could be found where students online performed better than those in face-to-face courses.
Hey, assessment fans: these are the basic measures of what we professors like to call “learning.” They’re not perfect, but the data are crystal-clear.
And for the record, I’m absolutely fu(k!ng disgusted by online proponents pretending like they’re doing a favor to the working class by putting courses online instead of fully funding higher education and expanding the number of traditional courses and campuses and diversifying the times of the day face-to-face classes are available. Like this commenter on the article at Inside Higher Ed: “Many online students don’t have the option of going to class: Young parents, working adults with busy schedules, people living far from campus, etc…”
So build more campuses! Hire more professors! Pay them extra to teach night classes! Don’t put stressed out potential students in front of a computer at 9 p.m., sell them a book and access to a few videotaped lectures, and then imply that it’s all their fault when they get a poor grade or drop out.
In sum, expand the availability of F2F traditional courses. Don’t cut university budgets and further withdraw state support of higher education–that’s how we got into this mess, idiots! And Christ on a cracker, stop pretending that online courses are just as good as the real thing.
Do you think the unscrupulous marketing of online courses as the quick-and-dirty way to a college degree has anything whatsoever to do with the poor completion rates of online courses? Well, do ya, punk?