Essay on Distance Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Comparative

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Distance Learning vs. the Traditional Classroom

Non-traditional students are finding it easier and easier to maintain a job, a family, and pursuing a college career at the same time. This is possible because more and more non-traditional students are receiving an education using distance learning, as opposed to traditional, in-the-classroom teaching. Distance learning is basically taking college level, credit-bearing courses via the Internet. One of the most obvious advantages of distance learning is that it puts the classroom in your home, office, or wherever you can find a computer and log on to the Internet. However, there is much controversy regarding the quality of the courses being offered on the Internet versus the quality of
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The potential benefits that the ?non-traditional? students may have with this form of learning are ?personalized instruction, active learning, instant feed back, faster and more effective teaching and the empowerment of the students?. (Hiltz, 1986, Ragsdale and Kassam, 1994, Webster& Hackley, 1997).

As slightly mentioned above, one of the greatest aspects about distance learning is that it empowers the students to take an increasingly active role in their education, placing more responsibility on the student and ultimately making him or her the master of his education. Distance learning is mostly noted for its availability. Imagine if you could ?go to class? at any time that was convenient for you. That would be a dream come true.

In addition to its ability to empower students and its availability, distance learning is also a good tool by which one can get an education because online professors can use more than just words to communicate the objectives of their lessons. Distance learning often allows professors to use multimedia tools such as animated photography and other devices to make their lessons easier to understand. For example, a professor of biology explaining the concept of the double helix, and how it is made up of proteins and genes can use a
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