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Online Learning vs Traditional Learning

How does online learning stack up when compared to traditional learning? What percentage of students take their classes online? Do online learners learn as well as those in traditional classrooms? How do students who have taken courses online fare on tests when compared with their traditional counterparts? The statistics may surprise you.

Online Learning vs Traditional Learning Presented by University of the Potomac

Online Learning vs Traditional Learning Transcript

Enrollment in online universities continues to increase year after year. But how do these programs compare to traditional, face-to-face education? Learn more today about how an online education compares to traditional, on-campus learning.

The total number of students enrolled in online courses: 6,700,000

Current number of accredited online universities: 275+

Amount of college students who have enrolled in at least one online course: 30%

Whether online or in a traditional institution, 67% of college instructors believe video, blogs, podcasts, and other online media are necessary teaching tools.

The most popular bachelor's degrees of traditional and online institutions are surprisingly simlar.

Traditional Learning:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Elementary Education
Online Learning:
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Elementary Education
  • Nursing
  • Health Administration


77% of educators believe that online learning is just as good as traditional learning, if not better.

Nearly 70% of all students claim online instruction to be as good as or better than in a traditional classroom setting.

26% of online students claim to learn better online than in a classroom.


The average score of classroom learners: 50th percentile

The average score of online learners: 59th percentile

There is a 5:1 ratio by which learners differ - That means that the slowest student takes 5 times as long to learn as the fastest. 90% of these learners will successfully reach higher levels, but only if given enough attention. Face-to-face instruction is the best approach for providing these levels of attention. Fortunately, 97% of online institutions' courses offer student/faculty ratios of 25:1 or better.


Online degrees cost as little as80 times less than traditional degrees!

Total average cost of traditional degrees: $85,000

Total average cost of online degrees: $30,000

Online and traditional institutions both have their advantages, but one thing is clear: online education is on the rise, and will only continue to grow.

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