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Online learning has become standard in education, with 7.1 million postsecondary students reported to be taking at least one online course in fall 2012. A steady increase in the online student population demonstrates the significance that institutions place on reaching geographically removed students. As enrollments grow, research into online learning grows as well. This entry looks at various areas of online education scholarship, including research that compares learning outcomes in online and face-to-face conditions as well as research that looks at online learners, instructional design, and instructional effectiveness.

Comparing Face-to-Face and Online Conditions

Comparisons of online learning with traditional face-to-face classrooms have occupied research into online learning for quite some time. A significant amount of scholarship demonstrates that students in online education reach learning outcomes quite comparable ...

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