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Can an online learning environment be effective?

Regardless of how synchronous an online learning environment is, it cannot totally recreate a face-to-face environment. However, the inability to recreate a traditional classroom environment is not necessarily always a bad thing. The traditional classroom offers distractions that are out of the control of the individual. Things like ambient noise, classroom temperature, smells, seating arrangements etc. are either uncontrollable or are set up by the teacher in charge. Any one of these may be distracting to individual students. By having control over their learning environment online learners are able to manipulate their surroundings to best suit their learning style and preferences. A synchronous online environment should, in most cases, do just as good a job as traditional classroom at delivering instruction.

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Will tools that enable a synchronous online environment be as effective as the face-to-face contact in a traditional classroom environment? Why?

Regardless of how synchronous an online learning environment is, it cannot totally recreate a face-to-face environment. However, the inability to recreate a traditional classroom environment is not necessarily always a bad thing. The traditional classroom offers distractions that are out of the control of the individual. Things like ambient noise, classroom temperature, smells, seating arrangements etc. are either uncontrollable or are set up by the teacher in charge. Any one of these may be distracting to individual students. By having control over their learning environment online learners ...

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This solution looks at online education and asks whether it can be as effective as the traditional classroom. Specifically this post looks at online education with a synchronous (face-to-face) component. Over 450 words of original text.

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