Saturday, June 6, 2015

Comparisons of Online Versus Traditional Education Miss The Point - Charles Dull, Evolllution

Think about it like this: Online was never meant to replace traditional education. This changes the way we consider arguments for alternative/new modalities and the selection criteria a student might use, rather than identifying a better modality (the ostensible point of the research). Instead, the research question could become, “What are the benefits of each modality?” We should research effective learning design decoupled from the modality discussion. The question of why the modality was selected, the nature of economic or environmental conditions of the student at the time of selection should be the driving force behind this kind of research. If online is the unique modality that permits a student to attend college, then in this case, online is the better modality.

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