The perception of inferiority attached to online learning may not be warranted after all. A recent study comparing exam scores and overall pass rates between students in traditional and hybrid* formats yielded nearly identical results. The hope here is that online instruction could offer a cost-effective solution for universities who have seen sharp budget decreases in recent years.
Study: Online Learning Outcomes Similar to Classroom Results - US News and World Report
* "hybrid" refers to an online component with an hour of in-class instruction per week