Essay about Traditional vs Distance Education
Opponents of distance education may agree that it is possible for some learning to occur through this medium, but that isn't enough. They stress focusing on the fullness of learning (Fox, 1998).
Review of Literature
A profusion of online articles presents arguments both for and against distance education. Why such a dichotomy of opinions? It is because in spite of all of the research studies conducted as well as the large amount of written material focusing on distance education, "there is a relative paucity of true, original research dedicated to explaining or predicting phenomena related to distance learning" (Phipps and Merisotis, 1999, p. 2). Most original research focuses on student outcomes (grades, test scores), student attitudes, and overall student satisfaction toward distance education. Moreover, most of these studies conclude that distance education compares favorably with classroom-based instruction. In fact, Fox (1998) stated that only theories, not proof, allude to the fact that distance education students' education is not worthy of a degree. He stated he found no actual evidence from a single study, from distance education teaching experiences, or from students has provided proof of such a deficiency. Fox, along with other distance education supporters, students, and