Traditional versus Distance Learning Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Traditional versus Distance Learning
A comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of traditional versus distance learning.
# 86923 | 900 words | 7 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Education (Higher) , Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (Theory)

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This paper looks at some of the problems encountered with distance learning programs and compares distance learning to traditional face-to-face learning. The paper discusses problems with technology, cost, attrition rates and student-teacher interaction. The paper discusses some of the benefits of distance learning and when and why it can be necessary, but argues that traditional learning is better.

From the Paper:

"With the increase in frustration with the education system, as well as large numbers of people going back to school to get degrees many years after they started and dropped out, homeschooling as well as online and distance learning have gained popularity (Stull & Ryan, 2000, p.1). Traditional or face-to-face learning has generally the more accepted and mainstream approach to education in the US, as well as the most accessible. The teacher and students are in the same location and interact in real time, whereas distance education consists of "all forms of learning and teaching in which those who learn and those who teach are for all or most of the time in different locations" which includes online or internet-based education as well as older formats that involve mailing assignments back and forth (Moore, 2003, p. ix). "

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