Traditional vs. Online Studies Term Paper by Master Researcher

Traditional vs. Online Studies
A discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of traditional learning vs. online studies.
# 41027 | 1,150 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2003 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Computer and Technology (Internet)

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This paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of online or computer-based learning and includes this writer's personal experiences doing case studies in the e-learning environment. The paper looks briefly at the research and draws the conclusion that companies should consider using e-learning when it is cost effective and practical and when they want standardized education.

Personal Experiences
Published Commentary
Empirical Research

From the Paper:

"In the past, internal training has generally been given in traditional classroom situations. The disadvantages of this method lie in the expense since in addition to the cost of course itself, travel time and cancellations must be taken into consideration. Although most learning takes place outside of the classroom, most of your time spent as a learner has probably been in a "traditional" classroom. Traditional classroom learning is often focused on the instructor. Information tends to flow from instructor to students, and as a result can be more passive for students. This is often characterized by the phrase "sage on the stage" because the instructor (considered to be the expert) must somehow transfer his or her knowledge to the learners (assumed to be less-knowledgeable).
"It should be noted that many instructors in the traditional classroom utilize a very learner-focused framework. While this is a potential, it is also rare. Since most instructors were taught in instructor-focused classrooms it is very hard for them to break from this mold. However, in the online environment, an instructor that tries to continue the instructor-centered model will likely fail to maintain it. The online classroom technologies (and student tendencies in that environment) are much more suited for a learner-focused environment (Hyperwave Elearning Suite)."

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