Academic Rigor and Online Instruction
The majority of students reported that online instruction provided a quality academic experience and that online instruction is more academically demanding than traditional classroom instruction.
This and the Ridley & Husband (1998) study, should validate what we Instructional Designers of Online Learning have always believed, that we provide well crafted and academically challenging learning experiences using the best instructional technology available.
Ridley, D.R., & Husband, J.E. (1998). Online Education: A Study of Academic Rigor and Integrity. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 25(3), 184–188
Wyatt, G. (2005). Satisfaction, Academic Rigor and Interaction: Perceptions of Online Instruction. Education, 125(3), 460–468