This article from the New York Times recently caught my eye. It reports on a recent US Department of Education study that found that "on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."
In tested performance online students on average ranked in the 59th percentile compared with the 50th percentile for those who received face-to-face instruction.
Online education offers a number of advantages:
Lecturers have to be better prepared and lectures have to be carefully planned. As our Sapientis lecturers can attest.
I find that the ability to listen to lectures again really helps.
Having lectures in your home means that you miss fewer lectures.
Any other ideas?