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Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Study: Online classes really do work

Detailed quantitative study of learning online shows success, even among those with least preparation.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
September 24, 2014

It’s been two years since a New York Times article declared the “year of the MOOC” —short for “massive open online courses.” Now, for the first time, researchers have carried out a detailed study that shows that these classes really can teach at least as effectively as traditional classroom courses — and they found that this is true regardless of how much preparation and knowledge students start out with.