Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies

From the Abstract:
“A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”

Please find the full article online, from the U.S. Department of Education, http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/eval/tech/evidence-based-practices/finalreport.pdf

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