May 28, 2022

New Database: “Studies of Distance Learning”

From the Institute for Education Science/U.S. Dept. of Education:

On March 26, NCEE [National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance] announced a call for nominations of rigorous research they are aware of or have conducted that evaluates the effectiveness of specific distance education practices or products on student outcomes.

This page includes all nominations from the field, as well as relevant entries from ERIC and the What Works Clearinghouse Reviews of Individual Studies Database. We are providing this list to the field for educators and researchers to see the range of publicly available evidence on the effectiveness of distance learning.

Inclusion in this list is provided to the field as a way to highlight the breadth of research available. It is not an endorsement of the intervention or the study by the WWC, IES, or the US Department of Education. If the studies have been reviewed by the WWC, a link to the study review page is included in the list. Note that not all of the studies listed here are eligible for WWC review or would necessarily meet WWC standards.

Direct to Studies of Distance Learning Database
As of April 16, 2020 the database contains 782 entries. 

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.