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The article says,

> A review of research by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009 found that “students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.” The research should be taken with a grain of salt, since we don’t know how the introduction of world-class teachers, or the effects of scale, will change the outcomes.

Does anyone know exactly which study they're referring to? Preferably a link to the actual paper would be nice; I'd like to see details.

Probably this one:

"Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies"


That's a paper from the DOE from 2009 on online learning, probably that one, as your quote is in there as well - here's the revised edition from 2010 (no clue about the differences), same title but more trustworthy URL:



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