ERIC Number: EJ1062079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Online Learning Environments in Higher Education: Connectivism vs. Dissociation
Reese, Sasha A.
Education and Information Technologies, v20 n3 p579-588 Sep 2015
Over the last decade online education has emerged as a way for students and faculty to collaborate more freely, attain greater flexibility, and utilize new media to learn. The burning debate lies in whether online educational options are harmful to traditional education or offer endless benefits necessary to accommodate a 21st century learner. Supporters of virtual learning environments suggest that 21st century learners require the construction and creation capabilities offered through Web 2.0 to succeed while critics suggest that asynchronous interactions are not engaging and rigorous enough for higher education. A balanced online environment should provide a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities, which promote communication and collaboration among classmates and instructors.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Online Courses, Higher Education, Delivery Systems, Virtual Classrooms, Asynchronous Communication, Synchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Opportunities, Performance Factors, Blended Learning, Intermode Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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