"University finds free online classes don't hurt enrollment"
Actually, there is a lot more research on this topic. For more, see a presentation by SIUC's own Professor Mark Kittleson(Health Education). His meta-analysis debunks the notion that online education is less rigorous than “face-to-face” education. In fact, his cross discipline studies show that online education outperforms face-to-face based on measurable test results. My own experience corroborates this finding.
At a 2009 conference, Kittleson delivered a talk on the advantages of online education. The abridged video is available online: Go to http://tinyurl.com/yar6ktn for WMV (PC) format or http://tinyurl.com/yfzc7he for MP4 (Apple). I abridged because the first 15 minutes was taken up with Kittleson receiving an award for being a leader in his field.
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