The Preparation of a Workforce: Socialization of Students in Traditional vs. Online Learning Environments

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The Preparation of a Workforce: Socialization of Students in Traditional versus Online Learning Environments

Chrystal Herron

EN-102 August 5, 2012

Chrystal Herron EN-102 5 August 2012

The Preparation of a Workforce: Socialization of Students in Traditional versus Online Learning Environments

If it were 1998, a student’s options for acquiring a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university typically would be limited to attendance at a traditional brick and mortar institution. This allowed for direct face-to-face interaction with similar like-minded students and faculty. The thought of an option
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There is significant repeated exposure to both accepted and unaccepted social rules on college campus. Several methods can be used to teach, model and coach these rules in both verbal and nonverbal means. This one aspect of educating in an online environment proves to be one of challenge for online educational platforms to ensure the well-roundedness of their students’ development. “Research findings on education strongly support the effectiveness of the online medium for cognitive learning. In comparison, studies on the learning of "soft skills" (e.g., developing skills in communication, leadership, empathy, interpersonal relationships, or socialization into a profession) are few and suggest mixed efficacy through online media. (Martin, Perkowski, & Taft, 181). Online learning communities are not for everyone and since they lack a component crucial to the development of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills: socialization. The development of these skills is important and is expected to transfer to the student’s life after completing their postsecondary educational pursuits. Depending on one’s career path, the lack of social skills can be prohibitive to promotions and obtaining employment in more social departments of one’s company. “Professional conduct, or behaviors that are desirable and necessary for practice, are a major concern for educators and practitioners. The ability to excel in

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