This study seems to argue that it’s true: Online students perform better than face-to-face students. There a couple caveats to be taken note of, so be cautious when considering the results.
I, being a student for the past 4 years in Graduate-level work, have had a number of online courses and rather than suggest one is superior to the other, I’d have to say that one is definitely preferable over the other, at least for me: I’d much rather the face-to-face interaction.
Now, the question might be: “Have I suffered grade-wise or performance-wise because of my physically-meeting classes?” Not sure I care. There’s just something about being in the same room with the professor and with others.
But this does have relevance to what we do online, especially from a continuing education perspective in terms of our faith. I know a number of people (and organizations) are grappling with how to provide their congregation with effective tools for teaching, etc.
Education is an important part of what we do as believers, both continuing to learn about our faith and teaching/discipling others. My hope is that the online tools we use will continue to become more effective and useful as time progresses.
How many of you are doing some sort of education online?