Online education can be defined as an approach to teaching and learning that utilizes Internet technologies to communicate and collaborate in an educational context. This includes technology that supplements traditional classroom training with web-based components and learning environments where the educational process is experienced online.
Enhances student-to-student and teacher-to-student communication.
24/7 access to class material
Computerized assessment can track progress in timely fashion
"One by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences looked at computer-assisted instruction and its impact on student test scores in math and reading...the study found improvements in learning engagement, collaboration, participation and communications for specific software..." 27 (West)
Why It Works?
"Wired classrooms and electronic instructional sets build on Gardner’s insight by letting pupils learn at their own pace. Personalization makes education more adaptive and timely from the student standpoint and increases the odds of pupil engagement and mastery of important concepts. It frees teachers from routine tasks and gives them more time to serve as instructional coaches and mentors for students."10 (West)
Online education allows students to work at their own pace and promote time management. Students can access the information numerous times for clarification instead of one time in a face-to-face classroom setting
Enables teachers to accomodate different learning styles
"Informed educators understand that the optimum design depends on the content, context, and the learner." (Bransford").
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