On the left, is the research result of Dr. Sebastian Thrun, who started online education at Stanford University, also CEO of Google, the one who invented Google Glass, and the founder of the online for-profit educational organization, Udacity.
Dr. Thurn gave same lectures to both Stanford students and online learners. The result was that the top 400 students were online learners, not Stanford students, showing online learning to be more effective than face-to-face learning.
On the right, is the academic results of online learning at Tezukayama University, where our office is located in Nara Japan, in a class of 200 students.
When there are 200 students in a class, students seem to get talkative and noisy. Some students who could not concentrate requested the professor to have the course online so that they can take the class at home in a quiet environment.
The professor could not allow those students to stay at home but permitted them to attend the class online in the computer room on campus. The professor gave students the choice to choose either the classroom or the computer room. 40 students chose to learn online and 160 of them chose to learn in class face-to-face. The result was: the students who took the class online did better than those who took the class face-to-face.
Though you might say that the students who studied online were more diligent and were better performers than those in the classroom from the beginning, the result shows that studying at one’s own pace is also an effective way to study as well as studying face-to-face. This is our idea of online education at CCC-TIES.