[Air-L] Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom

Christian Nelson xianknelson at mac.com
Wed Aug 19 16:21:35 PDT 2009

On Aug 19, 2009, at 7:04 PM, Radhika Gajjala wrote:

> It also takes much more time and effort on the part of the  
> instructor before - in preparing - and during class ...

Ain't that the truth. I haven't taught one, but I know my online  
instructor poured a lot of effort into the class and it was still  
confusing for the students.

That leads me to recall that the confusion in the course led my fellow  
students and me to seek each other out in the BlackBoard asynchronous  
forum area to help each other deal with the confusion. That, and the  
fact that I never participated in such interaction during my offline  
undergraduate days oh so many years ago, makes me wonder if online or  
partly online courses don't have more student-to-student interaction,  
which would likely increase student performance. Hmmmm.

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