Though I am not disputing the claims completely, I do want to point out that a self-reported survey reveals less than this article presents. Consider the prime quote the study cites:
“Personally, I learned a lot from taking an online course because it helped me prepare myself in terms of scheduling and allocating time,” one student said.
This is not saying the student would not have learned it in an alternative environment. It is like asking a kid if they think they aquired their skills of learning by going to school. What do you expect them to say?
That being said, the counterfactual would be that they could have had a miserable online experience that they felt as worthless. I am always skeptical of studies like this, though. They are helpful, but only a little!
See the link: