The following study concluded that “the online format had a significantly negative relationship with both course persistence and course grade, indicating that the typical student had difficulty adapting to online courses.”

It further found that “males, Black students, and students with lower levels of academic preparation experienced significantly stronger negative coefficients for online learning compared with their counterparts, in terms of both course persistence and course grade.”

And, if that weren't enough, it also found that "the relative effects of online learning varied across academic subject areas ... two academic subject areas appeared intrinsically more difficult for students in the online context: the social sciences (which include anthropology, philosophy, and psychology) and the applied professions (which include business, law, and nursing)."

Social sciences are "intrinsically" more difficult! Oh, but there is a small detail, that this study was based on, get this, "traditional online courses," which typically have about 25 students and are run by professors who often have little interaction with students. Ah, professors have little interaction with students. That changes everything. Everything. Why, o why, would anybody base a study on such classes? What is the point? It's like specifically focusing a study on bad face to face classes just to see what outcomes we get! I just don't see the point. What do you think +Laura Gibbs and +Meg Tufano? What is your take on this +Larry press?
Columbia University study slams "traditional online classes" -- we need to move beyond traditional
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I posted a review of a Columbia University study of the efficacy of online classes.  The study concluded that “the online format had a significantly negative relationship with both course persistence and course grade, indicating that the typical student had difficulty adapting to online courses.”

Online results were poor across the board, and poorer for some students and courses than others.

They also suggest policies for coping with these problems.
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