At the conclusion of Chapter 4, Kearsley states:
“Keep in mind that wide-scale adoption of online education is just beginning and almost all fo th research needed in this area has yet to be defined or conducted” (Kearsely 2000)
So, I think it is safe to say that while Kearsley presents some of the research that has been conducted, he realizes that there is not enough out there to base solid conclusions on.
Also, Kearsley mentions at the beginning of chapter 4 that the “starting point for most studies of educational technology is an analysis of student achievement relative to traditional classes” (Kearsley 2000). This makes sense to me because online education is the only alternative we’ve seen to a traditional setting. I think this is also an important area for research to be conducted in because so many in the field of education are skeptical of using online education.
Kearsley presented the conclusion of the study that was completed on this topic. The researchers had found that student achievement and participation increased in the online course. However, the implication were that it takes well-motivated students and instructors to make the class successful. Thankfully, Kearsley concludes with letting readers know that learning online may work well for some, but not others. I think this is an important point to make that is not said enough. So many times I’ve sat in meetings and heard of all these researched based programs or strategies, but no one will ever say: this may not work for you. Of course that could be because they are trying to sell a program or promote their own ideas. Then what happens is the district or school buys into the program or idea and when it doesn’t magically “fix” anything, teachers are the reason.