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ERIC Number: EJ873979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Escaping the Comparison Trap: Evaluating Online Learning on Its Own Terms
Sener, John
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n2 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
Online learning has entered the mainstream of American higher education. Millions of students are taking online courses, and enrollments are projected to triple over the next several years. Although its rapid growth and increasing acceptance has somewhat muted the once-loud voices of its critics, online learning still struggles with lingering perceptions that it is somehow inferior, unproven, and limited in application relative to traditional classroom instruction. For this reason, online learning programs and courses receive closer scrutiny than their traditional counterparts. While comparative research has served a useful purpose in helping to confirm the legitimacy of online learning, it is time to move beyond verifying the well-established "no significant difference" effect and focus instead on more immediately useful outcomes. In this article, the author describes some specific strategies that may help accelerate the adoption of this approach.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Maryland; Michigan; Wisconsin