Online Learning Update

October 25, 2010

On-campus and online learning similarly rigorous

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By Marianne Meeker and Virginia Shea, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, UNC

As instructors for both the on-campus and Carolina Courses Online (CCO) versions of a systems physiology course, we know first-hand that the two versions of the course are comparable in content and academic rigor. Many of our students report that our online course vastly exceeds their expectations; that student-student and instructor-student interactions are far more educationally valuable than those occurring in comparable lecture courses; and taking the course online prepares them to retain the course content better than any classroom study could. Clearly, their comments do not support the Editorial Board’s contention that online education is “a suboptimal learning environment” and that online classes “have far less educational value”.

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