Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Online courses work for Tech’s mid-career students, research says - Ty Tagami, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s still the early days of online schooling, and the research is mixed about whether it will usher in a new era of affordable education, as enthusiasts hope. While it’s returned questionable results in some settings, low cost is driving demand — and it has proved effective in at least one sector: older, motivated students pursuing a technical advanced degree. A new paper, “Can Online Delivery Increase Access to Education?” by researchers at Harvard and Georgia Tech takes a look at Tech’s online master’s degree in computer science. It reports earlier findings that online students “slightly outperformed” in-person students on final exams and reaches its own conclusion that there is large demand for such flexible online programs, especially among mid-career professionals juggling work and family life.

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