Online learning: It’s different – Harvard Researchers Say

“The number of online educational offerings has exploded in recent years, but their rapid rise has spawned a critical question: Can such “virtual” classes cut through the maze of distractions – such as email, the Internet, and television – that face students sitting at their computers?  The solution, Harvard researchers say, is to test students early and often.

Wouldn’t more engagement and collaboration work the same way?  I didn’t read the research, so not sure what they compared it to.  If they compared it to pure online lecture content without any quizzes or assessment along the way, I might see why they had their outcome and results.   Keeping learners busy with activities and engagement will, of course, help their performance.  I will be looking for the study, which I haven’t seen published yet.