Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Online learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses - the Conversation

Research has shown that students who have access to better designed, and more personalised, courses tend to have higher engagement and better outcomes. A study of more than 1,000 engineering students taught with online lessons that adapt to suit individual needs cut the percentage of students who failed the course from 31% to 7% between 2007 and 2011. In Florida, a comparison trial delivery of a traditional online marketing course and one enhanced with adaptive lessons resulted in 16% of students increasing their marks from a C to a B. Lower-performing students quickly remediated to a competent level. These results point to the growing importance of new technologies and approaches to improve both the delivery and quality of online courses to cater for a diverse range of students. http://theconversation.com/online-learning-can-work-if-universities-just-rethink-the-design-of-their-courses-50848

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