From an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education; you can read the article here.
Some quotes from the article:
…followed the enrollment history of 51,000 community-college students in Washington State between 2004 and 2009, found an eight percentage-point gap in completion rates between traditional and online courses…
…colleges need to be careful to make sure [online] courses aren’t just thrown together and that they are effectively serving students.
..lower completion rates in online courses often boil down to a combination of technical difficulties, a lack of structure, and isolation.
People assume this generation is super-technologically sophisticated, but that’s not necessarily true…
Online courses… are also a double-edged sword when it comes to time-management issues. On the one hand, students can complete coursework around their own work and family lives. On the other, online courses require students to be more proactive about finding time to do assignments and make it easier for struggling students to fall behind.
- increased technological support for students and
- more extensive training in online-teaching methods for faculty