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New York Times: Learning Online May Be Better

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computer The New York Times recently reported on the results of a 12-year study by SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute) that examined the effectiveness of online versus traditional teaching methods.

Conducted in some K-12 settings, but mainly in college and adult continuing education-programs from 1996 to 2008, “the analysis for the Education Department found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile.”

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New York Times: Experimenting with an Online Tutor

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New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, a mother of three who seems to be as fearful of 5th grade math questions as every other parent I know, writes about her experience working with online tutoring service is an online service that “connects students to tutors, most of whom are based in North America and will pop on-screen in chat windows, day or night, to help students in grades 4 to 12 with core subjects from world history to English to physics.” The costs range from $29.99 for 50 minutes to $229.99 for 500 minutes with the average student using “maybe 15 minutes here and there, a couple of times a week” according company founder George Cigale.

Other online tutoring services include:,, and

Read “On Demand, on Time and for a Fee, an Army of Tutors Appears” in the New York Times »

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