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Document Number: 9147

Online Learning: Does It Help Low-Income and Underprepared Students? - Educators are optimistic about the potential of online learning to promote access to college by reducing the cost and time of commuting as well as allow the student to study on a schedule that works for them. This paper examines the literature for evidence regarding the impact of online learning and found online learning may hinder progression for low-income and underprepared students. The author goes on to explore why students might struggle in these courses and discusses current access barriers to online education. The study ends with suggestions on how public policy and institutional practice could be changed to allow online learning to better meet its potential for these students. (Shanna Jaggars, Community College Research Center-Teachers College, Columbia University, January 2011)...

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