The same study found that ability of adult learners enrolled in online distance learning schools to out-perform students in traditional classroom settings is evidenced by:
The means of course delivery through the use of online technology gives students control of their actions, resulting in a positive effect on learning. This is primarily due to adult learners being more engaged in the learning process, because they have the capability to focus on strategies and resources more suited to their learning styles.
Distance learning provides opportunity for online learner self-reflection and self-monitoring. This is primarily due to the time saved from not needing to commute to or attend a traditional class.
Online learners spent more time on completing course requirements than students enrolled in traditional classroom settings. As in the previous point, this is primarily due to the time saved from not needing to commute to or attend a traditional class.
Online school programs provide more opportunity for collaboration among students. This collaboration provided learners with the advantage of learning course materials than typically observable in traditional classroom settings.
These advantages of online distance learning were evident in adult learners across all subject areas, regardless of courses being targeted for undergraduate or graduate college work.