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ERIC Number: EJ798784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Educational Experiences and the Online Student
Steinman, Debbie
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v51 n5 p46-52 Oct 2007
The educational landscape has changed as the role of technology and online courses have has increased in student instruction. Many colleges are actively engaged in the development of online courses and bringing their on-campus courses to the online environment, with a majority of public institutions in the United States offering either online or hybrid courses. Many students choose to enroll in online courses and the demand for online courses is high. Taking an online course can provide educational experiences that would otherwise be unavailable, especially for students who live in rural areas and do not have convenient access to schools. However, in addition to providing these distance learning opportunities, schools want to offer a quality education to their students. This article explores the question: Are online courses providing an educational experience for students? Since transactional distance affect student satisfaction and retention, transactional distance is also discussed. This article addresses two aspects of transactional distance: (a) learner-to-instructor; and (b) learner-to-other-students. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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