Infographic: E-Learning Paints a Pretty Picture

The US Government has researched all the studies carried out on e-learning effectiveness over the past few years. We thought the report was a little on the heavy side, so for your benefit, we have made it more digestible in the form of a CDSM infographic.

So here’s the proof that e-learning kicks pass rates...

Note: A text-only version of the infographic is available below.

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Sources: U.S. Department of Education

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Text-Only Version


In the studies on e-learning effectiveness:

  • Learner groups ranged 16 to 1,857 people.
  • 5 studies had 400+ learners.
  • Average learner age: 13 to 44.
  • Roughly half of the learning was academic. The remainder included professional development.
  • Most common subject area: Medical.
  • Other subjects: computer science, teacher training, social science, mathematics, languages, science and business.
  • At least 29 studies lasted more than a month.


  • 50 independent effects were scrutinised.
  • Of these, 11 were significantly positive for online or blended learning (using both online and face-to-face training).

Effects Boosting Learning Results

  • Letting learners control their own interactions with media
  • Prompting learner reflection
  • Learners self-monitoring understanding
  • More collaborative opportunities
  • Extra learning materials
  • Additional learning time*
  • Online learning tends to expand time spent on learning more than face-to-face training.

2 Big Lessons

On average:

  1. Learners in online learning did slightly better than those with face-to-face instruction.
  2. Learners using blended learning out-performed those with face-to-face instruction alone.