2014 Comparison of Online vs. Traditional LearningOnline and traditional institutions both have their advantages, but one thing is clear: online education is on the rise, and will only continue to grow. These statistics on how online learning stacks up when compared to traditional learning were gathered in early 2014.
- What percentage of students take their classes online?
- Do online learners learn as well as those in traditional classrooms?
- How do students who have taken courses online fare on tests when compared with their traditional counterparts?
A Look at Online vs Traditional EducationEnrollment in online universities continues to increase year after year. But how do these programs compare to traditional, face-to-face education? Learn more today about how an online education compares to traditional, on-campus learning.
The State of Online Learning:
- The total number of students enrolled in online courses: 6,700,000
- Current number of accredited online universities: 275+
- Amount of college students who have enrolled in at least one online course: 30%
- Whether online or in a traditional institution, 67% of college instructors believe video, blogs, podcasts, and other online media are necessary teaching tools.
- What are Students Studying?
- Elementary Education
- Elementary Education
- Health Administration
A Quality Education
- 77% of educators believe that online learning is just as good as traditional learning, if not better.
- Nearly 70% of all students claim online instruction to be as good as or better than in a traditional classroom setting.
- 26% of online students claim to learn better online than in a classroom.
Online learners score higher on standardized tests:
- The average score of classroom learners: 50th percentile
- The average score of online learners: 59th percentile
- A 5:1 ratio by which learners differ means that the slowest student takes 5 times as long to learn as the fastest student.
- 90% of these learners will successfully reach higher levels, but only if given enough attention.
- Face-to-face instruction is the best approach for providing these levels of attention.
- Fortunately, 97% of online institutions’ courses offer student/faculty ratios of 25:1 or better.
- Getting Your Money’s Worth
- Total average cost of traditional degrees: $85,000
- Total average cost of online degrees: $30,000