From the “Who da Thunk” department: U.S. Department of Education Study Finds that Good Teaching can be Enhanced with New Technology.
From the press release:
“A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified over 1,000 empirical studies of online learning. Of these, 46 met the high bar for quality that was required for the studies to be included in the analysis. The meta analysis showed that â€œblendedâ€ instruction â€“ combining elements of online and face-to-face instruction â€“ had a larger advantage relative to purely face to face instruction or instruction conducted wholly online. The analysis also showed that the instruction conducted wholly on line was more effective in improving student achievement than the purely face to face instruction. In addition, the report noted that the blended conditions often included additional learning time and instructional elements not received by students in control conditions.”
â€œThis new report reinforces that effective teachers need to incorporate digital content into everyday classes and consider open-source learning management systems, which have proven cost effective in school districts and colleges nationwide,â€ said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. â€œWe must take advantage of this historic opportunity to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to bring broadband access and online learning to more communities.”
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