Does online (distance/web-based) learning work? If so, is it a better academic medium? Does it lead to more learning?
These are some of the questions I want to answer for myself and for all of you wondering about this sometimes-controversial topic. With the proliferation of online “schooling,” beginning with more and more traditional institutions, such as K-12 schools and colleges, offering more and more online courses, and ending with new, exclusively online schools, non-profits, and corporate organizations seemingly popping up every day, it is easy to conclude that if the instruction is delivered via the world wide web it must be better than the brick-and-mortar way of educating.
Does it work?
It can, but it might not.
For a sophisticated learner, online learning may be just what the doctor ordered as it allows more flexibility. For many others, especially the K-12 students, trying to learn while sitting in front of the computer screen ends up disheartening and detrimental to their success, as they find the coursework more difficult and more time-consuming....