Virtual Learning Essay example

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Online Education A Review of the Literature
Online education has become a widely accepted alternative to learning in the classroom. Distance education has helped students across the country educate themselves in a world were technology rules and fast paced lifestyles are a part of life. The main advantages of distance learning are: Convenience eliminates travel to a traditional classroom and the freedom to learn at any time are some of the main reasons why so many people opt to learn online. However along with the many perks of an online education there are some disadvantages that follow. Some educators believe that although online education is changing the way that people learn and how many people
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Instructors are not even taking care in developing tests that require the student to use the knowledge acquired. Students have commented that some tests refer to information that seemed so insignificant that the cheated in order to pass. Many students admitted to cheating because the instructor would just quote cited authors or writers in the book and take information from 4 or 5 pages when they had to read 30 page chapters full of information. Roderick & Elizabeth Munro argued that to avoid this problem teachers should provide useful links to expert websites not just sites provided by the book. Websites that should contain audio and video segments, simulations, games etcÂ… (Roderick & Elizabeth Munro, p.30 pg.7).
What is the quality of instruction online instruction?
It is known that some students expect that online courses be taught similar to the traditional classroom. This expectancy provides a problem for educators trying to make learning online promising for all. An article called Preparing Instructors for Quality Online Instruction by Dr. Yi Yang and Dr. Linda F. Cornelious from the Department of Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development Mississippi State University wrote an interesting article concerning online instruction. They stated that in online courses students tend to work together more often collaborately while the instructors acts as a facilitator. So the role of the teacher becomes equally important in the

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