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All these links come from this great little repository of information on educational stats. There are two separate sections "Significant differences" and "No significant difference".
- "The national achievement average is 51 percent on this test, and the sample base is entirely from the traditional classroom. My students (entirely online) score an average of 63 percent on these same items."
"The results strongly suggest that the virtual course represents an inferior technology compared to the live sections... The live students do significantly better than the virtual students on the most complex material ... We find that the students in the virtual classes, while having better characteristics, performed significantly worse on the examinations than the live students." --- I totally agree with this study. There is something horrible about the current "virtual" technology that is being used. That stuff isn't any fun.
"Eighty-six experimental and quasi-experimental studies met the established inclusion criteria for the meta-analysis (including data from over 15,000 participating students), and provided effect sizes, clearly demonstrating that: (1) In 2/3rds of the cases, students taking courses by distance education outperformed their student counterparts in the traditionally instructed courses; (2) The overall effect size d+ was calculated as 0.37 standard deviation units (0.33 <95% Confidence Interval <0.40); and (3) This effect on 0.37 indicates that the mean percentile standing of the DE group is at the 65th percentile on the traditional group (mean defined as the 50th percentile)."
Link posted by JVMM : 4:49 PM