Rebecca J. Griffiths will be presenting a session called, “The Promise of Highly Interactive Online Learning” from 11:00am to 12:10pm. The description of the session is listed below.

Online learning is quickly gaining in importance in US higher education, but little rigorous evidence exists as to its effect on student learning outcomes. Does online learning produce as much benefit as face-to-face instruction? To what degree does it impact pass rates, final exam scores, and performance on standardized assessments? In Spring 2012, Ithaka conducted a major study on learning outcomes between students from six public universities randomly assigned to take a prototypical statistics course in a hybrid format (with machine-guided instruction accompanied by one hour of face-to-face instruction each week) or a traditional format (as it is usually offered by their campus, typically with 3-4 hours of face-to-face instruction each week). During this presentation, Rebecca Griffiths will present data from this first-of-its-kind research.

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