The current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, including higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, have caused many students to search for alternatives with nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and six million taking at least one online. Students who struggle with traditional course rigor often have difficulty with the time commitment required for online classwork you normally have to schedule time each day to read assignments and complete quizzes and tests that you would take in class in a traditional setting online students also have to engage in class. Our new study is the first of which we are aware to provide evidence on the effects of online courses at-scale at non-selective four-year colleges it is also the first to assess the effects of online course taking at for-profit institutions nearly 24 million undergraduate students (full-time equivalent) enrolled at.
We augmented the iv strategy using college-by-course fixed effects, which allowed us to compare students who took the same course but were enrolled in sections with different delivery formats, potentially controlling for biases related to within- and between-course selection to assess the effects of taking a course online.
The students taking the course online did substantially better on assessments of algebra knowledge at the end of eighth grade, scoring 04 standard deviations higher than students in the control group this is a substantial effect, especially for a one-year intervention the treated students were also twice as. Online learning changes the way that students of all types and ages interact with and access information its effect depends both on the student and the institution making the change a well-developed online course, just like a well-developed traditional course, can open up new worlds of learning for students. It's no wonder why millions of students from all around the world opt for online degree programs or take at least one college course through an online platform online learning has to be the greatest revolution in contemporary education it made a huge change in the system and opened great opportunities.