What Are Some Research Results on E-Learning?


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While consensus varies, many research studies show that e-learning can provide beneficial results for students and teachers. One study from 1999 demonstrates that no significant difference is found in students who learn online with no face to face interaction and those who learn in a traditional setting.

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In a 1999 research article by Wegner, Holloway and Garner,evidence proves there are no significant differences in the test scores of traditional students and students experimenting in e-learning in Southwest Missouri State University. However, this study does show that the students using e-learning have a more pleasurable experience in the learning process. Over 355 research reports, studies and papers support the no significant difference phenomenon showing e-learning and traditional learning methods have little to no variation.

A California State University Northridge study on 406 university students shows that the students learning with online education perform 20 percent better on average than their counterparts who learn in a more traditional setting at a campus. In addition to higher performance results, some studies show students studying with e-learning also benefit from spending more time on activities, higher levels of motivation to complete assignments and lower levels of anxiety while taking tests and completing homework assignments.

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