Students in digital learning environments are more interested in what they are learning in school, more motivated to do well, and feel a stronger connection to their school than students in traditional, face-to-face classes, according to a report released today from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow . The study also found that boys are more likely than girls to take online classes.
The report found that nearly 50 percent of virtual high school students say they were interested in what they were learning in school, while only 32 percent of traditional high school students said the same. A similar disconnect exists in terms of motivation to do well with more than one-third of virtual school students saying they are motivated because they like school. Only a quarter of traditional school students say the same.
Similarly, while only 24 percent of traditional high school students say their school cares about them as a person, nearly 40 percent of students who have had some type of school-based digital learning experience believe that their school cares about them.
The study also found that the most defining characteristic within the digital learning profile is gender with a larger percentage of boys being represented across all categories. Among high school and grade school students, 59 percent of those who have taken an online course, either self-study or teacher-led, are boys and 60 percent are enrolled in a virtual school. For girls, 52 percent have taken a self-study online class, 50 percent have taken a teacher-led one and only 47 percent are enrolled in a virtual school.