A comparison of the effectiveness of on-line teaching versus traditional teaching methods in higher education: A critical review
Tarane Sondoozi, United States International University, United States
United States International University . Awarded
There is a growing body of research focused on on-line education and its effectiveness as compared to traditional pedagogical methods. Overall, the majority of these studies not only suggest that the learning outcomes of on-line students are similar to the performance of those who utilize traditional instruction but also describe the satisfaction and attitudes of these on-line learners as being positive. This review evaluated the findings and overall quality of research conducted and published in the last decade in an attempt to identify the important issues in the literature that require further investigation, so that accurate conclusions can be derived and implemented for well-informed decisions by all those involved in education. In addition to the history of learning theory, relevant definitions, history, and theories of distance education were discussed. A review of the salient events leading up to the development of four generations of computers and their utilization in education was also included. Further, a brief history of the birth of the Internet was provided as foundation for on-line education.
Sondoozi, T. A comparison of the effectiveness of on-line teaching versus traditional teaching methods in higher education: A critical review. Ph.D. thesis, United States International University.
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