Online Leaning

Topic: Online Learning

Title: Comparing the Traditional and Online Learning Systems


Education is integral for the development and survival of humanity. Therefore, the systems that help to share and pass knowledge to future generations play an important role in shaping the future. Learning systems have been under development since the dawn of humankind. Early learning systems have developed into what is now known as the traditional system. Several factors including the development of typography and the foundation of the first universities in Europe triggered such changes. However, Hurley (2001) argues that none of these advancements had much impact. The current development of technologies and the expansion of the internet have transformed traditional education to a more accomplished form namely online learning system. The term online learning combines a wide range of approaches ranging from college students using software on university PCs to home learners engaged in virtual communication (Hurley, 2001). The blend of online and traditional systems is currently gaining vast popularity, especially in the developed world. According to Radovic-Markovic (2010) only 18.7% of all the educational institutions in the United States do not have any online learning programs. Surprisingly, the majority of students that experienced e-learning where satisfied by the outcome. Therefore, it is important to compare the traditional and online learning systems from the educational process, motivation, materials and resources and assessment points of view in order to identify their effectiveness.  

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Hase and Ellis mentions that the main difference between the traditional and online systems is the switch from teacher controlled to learner-controlled environments (cited in Stephenson, 2001, p28). The traditional learning system is very teacher directed, whereas the online system is more student oriented. Interactive learning imposed by the online...