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Preference of Online Learning Environments

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Why would one prefer an online learning environment where instructors are more of a guide on the side than a lecturer and one prefers to read on one's own than be lectured to? Do you think that this environment is possible in the face-to-face scenario or do you think that it is only possible online?

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With a online environment, most facilitators do exactly what the title stands for, facilitate. Most of the time the textbooks, the lecture, the discussion, and any other supplemental materials are given ahead of time so that the student can read them on their own time. This will allow the facilitator to monitor the students growth as the student independently goes forward. Sometimes in the online environment the goals and objectives of the course are broken down into weeks or into sections. This sometimes limits the productivity of the student because once they have finished the week's objectives, they cannot go onto the next week until the assignments and ...

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The preferences of online learning environments are determined.

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