Virtual education better than the real thing?

Study identifies advantages of online learning


The U.S. Department of Education issued a strong endorsement for online learning Friday with a study that points to significant advantages over face-to-face instruction. Students who learn online spend more time on each task than those in classroom settings, the study found. While those who took all of their instruction online achieved better results than those who learned the old-fashioned way, the best model identified by the study was one that blended elements from both.

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Virtual education better than the real thing?

  1. I took my first dozen undergraduate courses by distance education (not quite the same as online study). Only when the program I'd chosen offered no further courses online did I go on campus to study. I much preferred the online/distance experience.

    Online/distance study is less distracting; encourages students to develop their own learning techniques rather than borrow or mimic other people's ideas or processes; can be a more absorbing experience because it is one-on-one; and eliminates the often fierce and destructive competitiveness found among students (and faculty) on campus.

    That competitiveness is particularly prevalent at the graduate level. Unfortunately, rare is the opportunity to do a graduate program off campus.

    • Athabasca University –

      Distance university accredited in Canada and the US, and yes, they have Masters programs and even a couple of Doctorate level programs.

  2. "No army is as strong as an idea whose time has come"'said Victor Hugo. And this goes for the militant teachers unions and Ontario Liberals who are " buddy buddy" with the teachers unions at the expense of the kids-choice, options, competition are in the best interests of the learner.