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The New York Times goes after online learning

February 19, 2013

This is written in the negative, but I’m hoping we who believe in the power of online learning have enough traction now to turn it around. What the attrition rate exposes is how desperate the need is for us to find a way to help undergrads learn how to learn.

The research has shown over and over again that community college students who enroll in online courses are significantly more likely to fail or withdraw than those in traditional classes, which means that they spend hard-earned tuition dollars and get nothing in return. Worse still, low-performing students who may be just barely hanging on in traditional classes tend to fall even further behind in online courses.

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