Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

Report Details

Author: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development
Published: September 2010

This meta-analysis from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, gathers data from research published about online learning between 1996 and 2008. The authors were surprised to find little research on K–12 education specifically, although they were able to gather enough data on adult learners and other populations to draw appropriate conclusions. They found that students in an online learning environment performed better than those in face-to-face classes. Those in blended environments, which included both online and face-to-face instruction, performed better than those in a fully online or face-to-face environment.