This is not good news for someone who makes so much of his living teaching online classes, but at the same time, the statistics are hardly surprising. While a good online course can enhance interaction among students and instructors, facilitate deeper discussions of content, appeal to varying learning styles, and broaden access to college education, many students slip through the cracks. Recent studies have highlighted how many community college students don't finish their online courses, and this one shows that they may not achieve as much, especially if they are members of at risk groups. The real question for us now is how we boost student success in online courses, and how we guide people who might not succeed in them to take face-to-face courses where they might have a greater chance of success.
Some Groups May Not Benefit From Online Education | Inside Higher Ed