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Online better than face-to-face (Meta Analysis)


The recent meta analysis published in the United States which many e based promoters have alighted upon with alacrity, including; Clive Shepherd; and Donald Clark; The report is promoted as evidence of how e based learning is the saviour of the true learner whilst class room based learning is the chronic sick boy of the learning pack unless used in a blended setting. However, I looked in some detail at the content rather that just the attention grabbing headlines and I duly downloaded the cited report from here: When I started to read the report and how this analysis was put together and the studies upon which this report has been based the conclusions some of the e based promoters have chosen to select start to lose some of their gravitas. So in response I began to write up some of my concerns and wondered if anyone else had done the same, I discovered they had and probably the best analysis of this report can be seen here:

One Response

  1. Thanks Gary

    Really glad you liked my take on the e-learning report.

    I must admit that I felt a bit ‘dirty’ writing it as I’m a huge fan of using web technologies to help organisations and learners achieve their desired outcomes. I just hate it when things are mis-represented and wanted to balance the overstament and misinterpretation *some* people were allocating to the research.

    Since reading Ben Golacres book "Bad Science" I’ve been questioning everything that begins "research says…" ūüôā

    It’s interesting that over the last few months there have been a few cases of ‘established research’ being questioned. The recent interview on the BBC by Mehrabian putting us straight about his 55%/38%/7% research is a case in point.


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