This article looks at several myths about online learning and provides a counterpoint to the feeling of many academics that online learning experiences are inferior to face-to-face instruction. The author looks at various platforms – asynchronous and synchronous, group dynamics and connection in online settings, the degree of rigor in online courses, and technology vs. content.Source:
Ellen Murphy, The Huffington Post, March 30. 2016Description:
Despite the growing number of virtual students, many academics still believe outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction, according to Babson Survey Research Group’s most recent annual report, Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States
. In the author’s experience, the opposite is true. Many who doubt the effectiveness of virtual classrooms have not been exposed to thoughtfully designed, rigorous courses that use technology purposefully to engage students and achieve better learning outcomes.Read the full article here!