E-Learning vs Traditional Education: A Meta Analysis of Distance Learning Technologies

DIAS Technology Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2012

See all articles by Hamzah Mohammadi

Hamzah Mohammadi

University of Babylon

Ashraf El-Houbi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Niveen Yaseen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Betty Duncan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 22, 2012

Abstract

Providing students with learning opportunities outside the classroom is not a new concept. Since the late 1880’s, various educational institutions have made certain courses available through written correspondence. Though relatively narrow in scope and reach, these forays into distance education were an impetus into a way of thinking about the future of delivering education that continues to evolve. Could any of those forward thinking educators have imagined anything near what is available today? Can today’s distance educators envision the possibilities that will reveal themselves in the not too distant future?

As society and technology have advanced, so has the evolution of distance education. From radio to television and now to the networked computer, distance education has adapted itself to the most relevant and effective form of delivery available (McIsaac & Gunawardena, 1996). Basing their finding on survey results, the authors present and evaluate three significant distance education modalities (Conventional Labs, Software Simulation, and Remote Labs). This article probes what distance education has to offer by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each of these assessed modalities in an effort to help educators and professionals recognize the depth, offerings, and limitations of these emerging technologies.

Keywords: remote labs, distance labs, online education, on-line experiments, software simulation, learning technologies

Suggested Citation

Mohammadi, Hamzah and El-Houbi, Ashraf and Yaseen, Niveen and Duncan, Betty, E-Learning vs Traditional Education: A Meta Analysis of Distance Learning Technologies (April 22, 2012). DIAS Technology Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2043702

Hamzah Mohammadi (Contact Author)

University of Babylon ( email )

Hillah
Iraq

Ashraf El-Houbi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Niveen Yaseen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Betty Duncan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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