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Online Education vs. Face-to-Face Learning

What type of delivery mode, synchronous or asynchronous, promotes a better outcome? What are the advantages or disadvantages of online distant education when compared to face-to-face learning? Agree or disagree?

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Excellent questions!

1. What type of delivery mode, synchronous or asynchronous, promotes a better outcome? What are the advantages or disadvantages of online distant education when compared to face-to-face learning? Agree or disagree?

Let's look at the following strengths of on-line distant education (synchronous or asynchronous) which suggests that it at least matches face-to-face learning. Research suggests, though combining the two modes of delivery is often beast and creates better learning outcomes (but not alwaays).

Ten Ways Online Education Matches, or Surpasses, Face-to-Face Learning

From the perspective of a long-time (30+ years) classroom instructor, a sociology professor, a day-to-day user of the course management system, and a person who thrives on interaction with students, Mark Kassop identifies 10 ways online education excels:

1. Student-centered learning: Students are empowered to learn on their own and even to teach one another, working together toward learning goals more effectively.
2. Writing intensity: Online courses are usually far more ...

Solution Summary

This solution compares online distant education delivery and face-to-face learning looking at the advantages and disadvantage to determine what type of delivery mode, synchronous or asynchronous, promotes better learning outcomes.

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