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Online education is continuing to grow, but could it all be in vain? A new study has found that online classes are clearly unsuccessful at community colleges.

Researchers at the University of California found that students are 11 percent less likely to pass an online class versus the traditional face-to-face version. The findings were presented on April 18 at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

Cassandra Hart, one of the researchers, says, “There’s a strong body of evidence building up that students are not doing quite as well in online courses, at least as the courses are being designed now in the community college sector.”

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