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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Online classes cut costs and human contact

In a blow to the sentimental old teaching model celebrated from “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” to “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” a new study shows that online education works as well as in-class learning.

According to a report done by Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit think tank focused on technology and education, students taking an online introductory statistics course, with only one hour per week of face time, did just as well as those who took the course the old school way, via face-to-face teaching.

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