Online Learning Update

February 15, 2013

Online courses gaining popularity in Calgary

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by CBC News

Athabasca University offers all of its courses online. George Siemens, a teacher, says online education can be more effective than classroom education. “In fact, there’s been study after study that’s validated the benefit of learning online in contrast to existing campus settings. There was a report that was released by the U.S. Department of Education last year that actually argued that learning online or specifically ‘blended’ — you know where you do part of your learning online, part in a classroom, that that type of learning actually has higher education success results than the only in classroom learning,” Siemens explained. “So, once you get past the personal beliefs and views and you start looking at the research, it’s very clear that it is comparable to existing learning in a university setting.”

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