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Online Learning for the Win

Friday, 06 February 2015 by

In the “A Synthesis of New Research on K-12 Online Learning” study, online and conventional learning were compared. The results found that online learners slightly outperformed face-to-face learners on achievements measures. The outcome = the conclusion that distance education is as effective as conventional education in terms of academic outcomes, rather than more or less

Can online classes deter cheating?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by

A McCabe and Treviño (Rutgers University) study took 1,800 students at nine medium to large-sized universities to examine the influence of contextual and individual factors on cheating behavior. Contextual factors of behaviors, such as peer cheating behavior, peer disapproval of cheating behavior, and perceived severity of penalties for cheating, emerged as the most significant. These

The Anonymous Factor

Thursday, 15 January 2015 by

In a case study that explored asynchronous communication experiences and perspectives of online students, results found that one of the main advantages students enjoyed was the the anonymous factor. Why is being anonymous an advantage? Students felt that they could ask more questions to their instructor. Students reported that they hesitated to ask questions or

A study examined Empire State College online students to explore the relationship among student’s perception of social presence in online courses, as well as student’s perceived learning, and satisfaction with their instructor, found that there is a direct relationship between social presence and perceived learning. The results found that students who felt that they had a lot

What is vicarious interaction? Typically, in a traditional classroom, a teacher asks a question, and a student answers it. This interaction takes place on a single student at a time, and is a highly interactive and important part of the educational experience for students. Within this type of interaction, the understanding of a concept, or the

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