Grand Junction, Colorado (PressExposure) March 18, 2009 -- A study conducted recently has revealed that students who use a form of distance education, lecture videos, may be more likely to score higher on their examinations than those who attend traditional classroom lectures. The learning ability of students differs from one individual to the next, with many comfortable in traditional environments also, however, more and more elements of distance learning are already creeping into the traditional education curriculum, with attendance becoming less critical to learning.
Research conducted at the State University of New York indicates that a group of students studying lecture videos would, on average score higher than otherwise. The study was conducted with a sample size of 64 college students half of whom attended traditional classes while the other half studies lecture videos in their own dorm/ house rooms. The traditional group was seen to score at an average of 62% on tests and assessments that followed in the course of the term, while the stay-home group scored 71% on the same.
"Some learn better by attending lectures in person, and others by watching them when offline", said Professor Andrew Ng of Stanford University's department of computer science. "Providing videos to students lets them pick whatever works best for them."
The reasons for this trend can be complex and many-fold; however, the basic premise is that the comfort level of the home/room is not comparable to that of a classroom. A classroom environment is difficult as it requires discipline of a certain kind and opens a student up for critical judgment as well. Such an environment may be overwhelming or depressive for some students (a phenomenon seen of late with high schools as well).