Essay about Traditional vs Distance Education

4077 Words Apr 25th, 2005 17 Pages
Education is an essential element in societies throughout the world. For many years education has been provided in classrooms on campuses worldwide, but there has been a change made to the conventional method of classroom learning. With the advancements in technology, education has been restructured so that it may be accessible to everyone through taking courses online. Distance learning takes place when the teacher and student are separated from one another due to their physical location and technology is used to communicate instructions to the student and to communicate feedback to the instructor. The virtual classroom is one of the various forms of technology used as an alternative to the traditional classroom settings. Other …show more content…
Does student assessment in distance education differ from that in the traditional classroom (Phipps and Merisotis, 1999)?
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

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