Let’s End the War Between Online and On-campus Instruction

Open the way for research on the educational consequences of collaboration between virtual and face-to-face learning, Robert Ubell argues.

In the last few weeks, two new studies, one by WCET and another by Caroline Hoxby, reported that online instruction is not only more expensive than face-to-face teaching, but also that it's a poor investment compared with in-person education.

These and other studies are not only seriously flawed, but the fact is that digital and face-to-face learning are not fundamentally at odds. Despite what many believe, online and on-campus classes have been joined at the hip for years. Consider that at most schools, every course—whether online or on campus—must now post  syllabuses on every class website. 

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