An Emerging Trend in Education: the Online Classroom

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An Emerging Trend in Education: The online classroom Phillip Stuart Lincoln Memorial University Trends and Issues within Educational Technologies EDL - 872 Dr. Chris Henderson July 06, 2012 An Emerging Trend in Education: The online classroom The National Science Foundation, which managed the Internet in the early years, prohibited using it for commercial purposes until 1993, when it lifted the ban. This led to the growth of the World Wide Web, with its user friendly features and colorful graphics. Over time, the Internet became a huge electronic library of information. This enormous amount of information made accessible through the Internet made the medium even more attractive as an educational tool for elementary,…show more content…
The final analysis found that on the average a student taking part or all of the course online would rank at the 59th percentile while a student doing all of their work in a traditional setting would score at the 50th percentile. A major benefit of online education for students is the convenience and flexibility. Students who have demanding work schedules can attend class when their schedule allows without having to sacrifice their full-time jobs. Students who have children can attend class when their children are at after-school practice or after they have gone to bed as many of my students who take classes through the University of Phoenix. Online education allows students to attend school who have disability issues, or do not have their own car. Online education also decreases limitations and increases diversity among the student population. Student gain a much richer learning environment when others attend from many states, countries, and cultures. Another list of advantages appears in Alan Clardy 's work (Cardy, June, 2009, p. 7).For example, the following advantages of online education have been suggested: Improving the technical literacy of students, minimizing projected shortages in instruction, alleviating overcrowding and/or reduced investment
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