Can e-learning replace classroom learning ?
A study done by the University of Maryland and the University of Arizona has shown that:
- E-learning is more effective than traditional classroom learning through a teacher.
In this study, the statistics compiled have affirmed this theory as follows:
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In the post-study questionnaires, most students in the online groups reported having enjoyed the multimedia presentation in the virtual classroom and were satisfied with the self-learning learning process. They also felt that sufficient interactivity and flexibility were essential for an online learning environment.
In a traditional classroom, learning is very instructor-oriented and sequential. Although many instructors encourage students to ask questions during lectures, for a variety of reasons, many students do not ask or ask for rehearsals in the classroom, even if they have difficulty understanding lectures. , and they do not have the opportunity to relearn the content of the conference.
In contrast, a virtual environment emphasizes learner-centered activity and interactivity. When a student does not understand a specific concept, he or she can choose a particular content to review until it is fully understood.
Their survey shows that Internet and multimedia technologies are reshaping the way knowledge is provided and that online learning is becoming a real alternative to traditional classroom learning.
The results were consistent: test scores for students who participated in online classroom conferencing were significantly higher than those for students in traditional class groups.
As shown in the table, e-learning groups have significantly outperformed traditional class groups as measured by test scores.
- Dongsong Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
- Leon Zhao (email@example.com) is an associate professor in the Department of Management Information Systems, The University of Arizona, Tucson.
- Lina Zhou (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
- Jay F. Nunamaker Jr. (email@example.com) is Regents’ & Soldwedel Professor in the Department of Management Information Systems, The University of Arizona, Tucson.
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