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ERIC Number: ED561974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Online Learning in California Community Colleges. Technical Appendices
Johnson, Hans; Mejia, Marisol Cuellar
Public Policy Institute of California
As costs of attending college have risen and access to higher education has declined, policymakers and community college officials are looking to online learning as one way to better serve student needs, increase access, promote completion, and increase transfer to four-year universities--all in a cost-effective manner. Online learning is still a relatively new phenomenon. Although it has generated a great deal of interest in policy and higher education circles, only a few studies have rigorously examined the effect of online courses on student outcomes using a large and representative set of online courses. Specifically, the Community College Research Center at Teacher's College, Columbia University, has conducted rigorous large-scale examinations of online learning in the community colleges of Washington state and Virginia (Xu and Jaggars 2011, 2013a, 2013b). For online courses to be a cost-effective alternative to traditional, face-to-face courses, they not only need to be less expensive but must also yield comparable student outcomes. In this report, because cost data are not readily available, the authors focus on student outcomes. This document presents the technical appendices for the study: (1) Data and Methods; and (2) Figures and Tables. [The authors received research support from Kevin Cook. For the full study "Online Learning and Student Outcomes in California's Community Colleges," see ED561973.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Donald Bren Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Institute of California
Identifiers - Location: California