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Regular Versus Online Versus Blended: A Qualitative Description of the Advantages of the Electronic Modes and a Quantitative Evaluation Article

, , University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, United States

International Journal on E-Learning Volume 6, Number 2, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The first part of this article discusses the advantages of offering courses online or in a blended format from an instructor's and manager's perspective. These advantages include: (a) improved distance support of faculty in the delivery of courses; (b) effective delivery of tutoring for students; (c) increased facility in the sharing of digital course materials and learning objects; (d) greater sharing of faculty workload; (e) effective development of virtual learning communities; (f) increased facility in student assessment and feedback; and (g) more effective program management and monitoring. The second part of the article shows that students appear to be more satisfied with the blended mode of delivery over strictly online and regular classroom formats. On the other hand, quantitative analysis shows that student satisfaction with online and regular courses and online and regular instruction appears equal. Similarly, it appears that all students acquire course content equally regardless of delivery mode.

Citation

Tang, M. & Byrne, R. (2007). Regular Versus Online Versus Blended: A Qualitative Description of the Advantages of the Electronic Modes and a Quantitative Evaluation. International Journal on E-Learning, 6(2), 257-266. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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