Study Reveals That Online Education Beats the Classroom!

SRI International recently released a 93-page report for the Ministry of Education based on one of the serious issues these days, online education. Surprisingly, but true, the report shows that the students enrolled in an online education course. show improved performance compared to students attending traditional education systems. The study bases its conclusions on extensive research of online education versus typical classroom instruction from 1996 to 2008. However, some of this was conducted in K-12 institutions, a significantly larger portion of the research was conducted at university-level adult education programs in a variety of fields from medical science to military training.

The result was analyzed based on the 99 studies with scores indicating which type of education (online or in-person) is more beneficial for the student’s overall performance in the different educational domains. It then became clear from the results of these studies that, overall, students who took some or more online courses would likely rank in the 59th percentile in terms of perceived achievement, while the average student would score in the 50th percentile in the classroom would of. This theory now points to a significant difference between the two learning methods. Barbara Means, the study’s first author and educational psychologist, says the study’s main purpose is to promote that online study is currently much better than conservative educational methods.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to the classroom. The main aim of the study is to promote online education to a higher level for an improved and flexible teaching method. The success of online education is based on the advancement of technology and the incorporation of sophisticated online tools, which together have made online learning not only better but also enjoyable. Experts explain that online education plays an important role in giving each student individual attention
which is very disruptive in a classroom with many students.

Consequently, a very large majority of students find this system more attractive and successful than the traditional one. According to Dean Philip R. Regier, online education is at its tipping point. Therefore, maximum short-term growth will result in continuing education programs. In fact, a typical university hosts 5,000 students in its continuing education programs, including classroom and online courses.

If this educational strategy continues, the number of students is likely to triple in the next three to five years. It is also believed that online education can also play a role in the complete conversion of college campuses. Nowadays universities and various K-12 schools integrate online education management systems like Blackboard or open source Moodle.