Policy Documents

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

Barbara Means, Yukie Toyama, Robert Murphy, Marianne Bakia, Karla Jones –
May 1, 2009

A U.S. Department of Education analysis of 51 “rigorous” online learning studies concludes that, on average, students learning online perform better academically than students receiving exclusively face-to-face instruction. Students engaging in blended learning, where they receive some instruction online and some face-to-face, did even better than those studying exclusively online. The analysis included both K-12 students and college students.