Dear Commons Community,
CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs sent an email yesterday drawing attention to a just-released report on an experiment comparing introductory Statistics taught in hybrid and face-to-face versions: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/interactive-learning-online-public-universities-evidence-randomized-trials. The study was conducted by ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization. The hybrid course was developed at Carnegie Mellon University as part of its open courseware initiative. Students were assigned to one or the other version of the course using a random assignment procedure. Among the participants in this study were three CUNY colleges (Baruch, BMCC and CCNY). I read the report last night and it is an important addition to the scholarship of online learning. The results indicate that students learned as much in the hybrid version as they did in the face-to-face version, even though the students spent less time on the hybrid version of the course.