The Chronicle of Higher Education released a report on the study, “Choosing Between Online and Face-to-Face Courses: Community College Student Voices,” focused on why students choose to take some courses online but choose to take others in a traditional classroom setting.
The report stated students choose online classes because they allow more flexibility for students who work or have kids. Community colleges offer more online courses to meet the demands of such students.
Another study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found students fare better in online courses. Executive Director of the Instructional Technology Council Christine Mullins said it is because of the ability to work at the student’s own pace and review the course content.
A study released by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University found students prefer not to take online courses in subjects they think will be interesting or difficult.
—Reporting by Olivia Heibeck.