Study: Interactive activities key to learning in online courses

Joe Giuliani for the Examiner writes:  Students taking courses online score highest on tests when coursework includes not just reading texts and watching lectures, but also interactive activities, according to a recent study.

In their study titled, “Learning is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing is Better than Watching for Learning from a MOOC,” researchers at Carnegie Mellon University examined scores on two tests given to Georgia Institute of Technology students who completed the online course, Introduction to Psychology as a Science.

The test scores showed that those students who only watched videos, or who only participated in learning-by-doing activities scored lower than students who participated in both types of learning. Further, the study found that those students who only watched lectures or read texts, scored significantly lower than those who only participated in the learning-by-doing activities.

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