Noah Berger for TheNewYork Times
Tyler Kennedy, 9, web search at his home in California.
The report analyzes the comparative study of online learning compared to traditional 1996 to 2008. Some of it went to K-12 settings, but most comparative studies in schools and adult education, continuing education programs of various types of medical training in the army.
In 12 years, according to the report 99 studies in which quantitative comparisons of academic performance line and the same courses. Education Department analysis found that the average student, some or all online courses as 59 percentile range of proven performance, compared with the average score of students in the classroom with 50 percentile. This difference is modest, but statistically significant.
"The results of great importance is showing that online education has become not only well again than not anything - it essentially tends to be enhanced than traditional teaching," said BarbaraMeans, author of the study and a psychologist education at (SRI) International.
This means that it is not that we are about to leave the classroom. However, the report suggests that education on use could expand significantly in coming years, as proof of its value.
Up to recently, online education to little more than electronic versions of distance learning for the old guard. That actually changed with the advent of WebBased video, immediate messaging and association tools.
factual assure of online education, according to experts, is to provide education experiences that are more probable than individual students in the classroom. This allows for more "learning by doing", which many students find attractive and useful.
"We are at a turning point in online education," said Philip R. Regier, Dean of the Virtual Campus and Arizona State University expanded the program.
The largest increase in the short term, Mr. Regier predicts, will be in continuing education programs. Arizona State now has 5,000 students in training, both in person and online training. In three to five years, it is estimated that number could triple with almost all growth comes online.
But Mr. Regier as well believes that online education will keep on to advance the transformation of universities additionally. Universities - and numerous schools K-12 - now widely used online education management systems approximating Blackboard and open source Moodle. But that is mostly to post homework, reading lists and schedules, and some web hosting forums.
Mr. Regier sees things developed pretty quickly, accelerated by the increasing use of social networking technology. More students and more to help out and educate each other, he said. It is assumed, for example, that students be acquainted with the fundamentals of computing, and class time will focus on the implementation of mathematics to real problems - perhaps exploring physics in climate models and trends in stockpile prices, he supposed.
"The technology used is to generate learning communities among students in new ways," said Regier. "People are right in saying that education is the material on-line class, but they are wrong., I think if I think there will be an independent learning and their learning needs. In a community."