What Makes the Difference? A Practical Analysis of Research on the Effectiveness of Distance Education

@article{Zhao2005WhatMT,
  title={What Makes the Difference? A Practical Analysis of Research on the Effectiveness of Distance Education},
  author={Yong Zhao and Jing Lei and Bo Yan and Chun Lai and Hueyshan Sophia Tan},
  journal={Teachers College Record},
  year={2005},
  volume={107},
  pages={1836-1884}
}
This article reports findings of a meta-analytical study of research on distance education. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that affect the effectiveness of distance education. The results show that although the aggregated data of available studies show no significant difference in outcomes between distance education and face-to-face education as previous research reviews suggest, there is remarkable difference across the studies. Further examination of the difference reveals… 
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