In an article published today in The Chronicle of Higher Education, new research is discussed that shows students will be selective in the types of courses they choose to take online. According to a report on the study, students are more willing to take courses online whose content they feel “more comfortable teaching themselves”. Subjects widely mentioned that students found difficult to teach themselves were science and math classes.
However, there has been a lot of evidence that online learning is beneficial to students. The article cites a study by the US Department of Education conducted in 2010 that found that students actually did better in the online courses than in the face-to-face courses that were studied.