Today more than 3 in 10 college students take at least one course online. The dramatic growth of online college courses in recent years highlights the importance of several questions about teaching and learning online, including both comparisons to traditional classes and questions specific to online education. In this project—a collaboration between researchers at Stanford University and practitioners at DeVry University—we examine class size, peer behavior, and teaching practices in online college courses, among other key education inputs, and we compare student learning in online and traditional settings.
DeVry University enrolls over 100,000 undergraduate and 30,000 graduate students, and employs over 5,500 professors. Two-thirds of courses occur online, and the remaining third occur at nearly 100 physical campuses throughout the United States.