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Why digital learning will liberate teachers

December 21, 2011

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According to The U.S. Department of Education (2009), students perform better in online courses than in face-to-face courses. The best performance, however, is achieved in hybrid courses that blend online and face-to-face learning. This is because blended learning offers:

  • More time-on-task
  • More control over the learning process
  • Greater opportunities for reflection

These three factors of blended education can also benefit educators. Just because digital learning is student-centric does not mean the role of the teacher is diminished. Michael B. Horn, co-founder and Executive Director of Education of Innosight Institute, talks about why digital learning will liberate teachers.


U.S. Department of Education, “Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies”, prepared by Barbara Means, Yukie Toyama, Robert Murphy, Marianne Bakia, and Karla Jones, 2009

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