Jennifer Darling-Aduana, assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences, will be a panelist on a Nov. 5 virtual webinar entitled, “What is Driving the Demand for Digital Learning? Is Digital Learning Effective?” hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance.
This session is one in Harvard Kennedy School’s “School Choice in the Post-Pandemic Era” webinar series.
During this virtual event, Darling-Aduana will discuss a study on online course-taking in high schools and its implications for teachers and students.
“Drawing on 7 million records of online instructional sessions linked to student records, we find mostly negative associations between online course-taking and math and reading scores, with some gains in credits earned and grade point averages by upperclassmen,” she wrote. “Those least prepared academically and with weaker course-taking behaviors fared more poorly and were likely set back by online course-taking. Limited resources constrained the implementation of district-recommended practices and instructional supports, such as live teacher interactions and individualized content assistance.”
To learn more about the series, visit https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/taubman/programs-research/pepg/events/school-choice.