Distance Learning Essay

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Abstract As the Internet becomes increasingly popular, so do online classes. Last year alone, there was a 13% increase in registration for distance learning classes throughout the public university system. (Beverly Creamer, 2003) It is now possible for people to learn conveniently from home or office. People that want to go to school can do so now because scheduling and geographic location does not matter with online classes because the class course is brought to the student rather than the student to the course. Is distance learning as effective as classroom based courses? This study will compare questions asked to students that have taken both online and classroom-based courses to determine the effectiveness of online courses in…show more content…
5.     What is your approximate GPA for the course? 5 New Questions for Online Class Survey 1.     Is this your first online course? 2.     Compared to a classroom-based course, was this course more or less difficult? 3.     Compared to a classroom-based course, was the experience better or worse? 4.     Compared to a classroom-based course, would you rate the quality of this course better or worse? 5.     Would you take another online courses or recommend online courses to peers? To maintain commonality between course curriculums and to have an accurate base line for comparing online verses classroom based course, a few details need special attention. First the same textbook should be used. This will ensure that the foundation for the course work will be the same. Similar students should also be used, if possible. This is so that engineering graduate students are compared to engineering graduate students instead of freshman art major students. Lastly one teacher should teach both the online and classroom based course. Keeping these three details common among courses means the only difference is the course delivery method. The course delivery method is what is to be studied. Possible Results      There are a few possible outcomes. Students could either believe that online

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