It would seem so; collation of four decades of research from the University of Minnesota indicates the effectiveness of TEL, not just in creating efficiencies and meeting learner demands but also in impacting the learning of students. The study highlights a number of key areas and conclusions;
- Blending works – the most effective type of learning combines face to face and online elements
- Changing the way you teach works – the importance of adapting face to face approaches to suit online activities and situations is supported here
- Self directed online learning is not as effective as collaborative or instructor driven approaches.
Is technology effective in the face-to-face classroom? A summary (PDF) of a recent meta-analysis by Tamim et. al. (7/11)