The US Department of Education has just released a new report "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies".
Nice brief title.
I'll admit, the full article is on my to do list for when I come back from vacation. But this stood out in the abstract:
"The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."
"In light of this small corpus, caution is required in generalizing to the K–12 population because the results are derived for the most part from studies in other settings (e.g., medical training, higher education)."
Over at the Kineo site, there's a nice rundown of some of the key points in the US Dept of Education report.
What are your thoughts? Is this indeed cause for celebration and an opportunity to feel some real job security for those of us who dabble in elearning?