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Currently when a lot of traditionally taught courses are converted to online and remote education - what does science say about the effectiveness of that compared to the traditional classroom situation?

I am taking a language course and just had my first online (MS Teams) session and thought it was horrible (much more distractions sitting at home, no live interaction with the person next to me and so on).

I assume there has been a lot of research on this subject made before (and that even more will be done after corona) and am looking for "rule of thumb"-answers, just to get an idea in which direction the results are pointing

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    I would specify clearly that these rule-of-thumb answers should still be science-based, otherwise the answers will be full of unsourced personal takes. – Federico Poloni Mar 31 at 9:23
  • Yes, of course. I just meant that the effectiveness might vary a lot between subjects, context, type of course and so on. As an example of a rule of thumb answer I am looing for, organic farming requires approximately 100 % more area for the same yield but certain crops only need 20 % more are while others need 300 %. 100 % is a good rule of thumb if you look at the average persons consumption of vegetables and fruits. – d-b Mar 31 at 9:46
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    Yes, there are many published works assessing the effectiveness of e-Learning. My personal opinion is that physical attendance is always the best and e-Learning didn't come to existence in order to replace traditional learning but to be an alternative solution when traditional learning cannot (or difficult to) be reached. – Younes Mar 31 at 9:48
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    From what I've read, it's the consensus that high-quality online teaching is possible, if rethought and redesigned from the ground up. The existing research will presumably discuss that. The current situation -- where in-person courses have been hastily converted into online courses, by faculty members with little background or interest in online teaching, and who in many cases are coping with adverse circumstances -- is unprecedented, and I think it's inevitable that in many cases it will go poorly. – academic Mar 31 at 10:28
  • Have you tried a basic search of the literature? e.g. scholar.google.com/… – Richard Erickson Mar 31 at 16:10

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