Myths About Online Learning

    • Online learning is about technology -  No, it is about people and student learning.
    • Online learning is fully online - It's not! Students are still in a physical world/context.
    • Students don't learn as much online as in F2F - The "no significant difference" studies show that modalities aren't the key to learning, objectives, teaching effectiveness, learner commitment, make the difference.
    • All online courses are the same - No! There are lots of different types of online courses: self-paced, collaborative, cohort-based, project-based, etc. 
    • Online learning is impersonal - No, personal connections can be made online. 

    What is the difference between online, blended and other delivery formats?

    • An online course is conducted entirely using a learning management system. The online format is the primary method to deliver the course materials. Students and faculty never meet in the physical classroom. 
    • "Hybrid" or "Blended" are names commonly used to describe courses in which some traditional face-to-face has been replaced by online learning activities making it possible to reduce the amount of time spent in the classroom. Traditional face-to-face instruction is reduced but not eliminated. 
    •  A web/technology enhanced courses may have a course website or some instructional activities online, these supplement but do not replace face-to-face coursework. Students continue to meet in the classroom for the standard number of scheduled hours for that course.  10 Common Misconceptions About Online Courses by Justin York | Feb 14, 2017           

     

     

    Definitions

    Distance education is defined as a planned teaching-learning process that uses one or more technologies as a conduit for learning when students are separated from the instructor, requiring regular, substantive and supportive instructor-student and student-student interactions.  Interactions may be in real-time (synchronous) or delayed (asynchronous). The technologies may include but are not limited to the Internet; one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices; audio conferencing; or  DVDs, and CD-ROMs, if they are used in conjunction with any of the prior technologies.

    • An in-person (P) course has no course assignments and no required activities delivered online.
    • A web-enhanced (W) course is where no scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.
    • A partially online (PO) course has up to 20% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • A hybrid (also known as a blended course) (H) course has between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • An online (O) course has more than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.
    • A fully online (FO) course has 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work, including exams, is online.