Secrets to Success in Online College Learning

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A few counterpoints must be made in response to your Feb. 19 editorial “The Trouble With Online College.”

First, not all online learning can be characterized as failing its students. The online learning company Udacity, for instance, is running a pilot program for remedial students at San Jose State University, and so far only 20 percent of them have dropped the class, much below the rate of 50 percent for similar online offerings.

This can be attributed to a superior pedagogy. Udacity provides top-notch professors, active tutorials that engage the student and live helplines for students who get stuck. When more digital learning providers adopt this quality of instruction, outcomes will improve as well.

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