|Traditional vs. Online Study
Although most learning takes place outside of the classroom, most of your time spent as a learner has probably been in a "traditional" classroom. Traditional classroom learning is often focused on the instructor. Information tends to flow from instructor to students, and as a result can be more passive for students. The instructor must somehow transfer his or her knowledge to the learners. It should be noted that many instructors in the traditional classroom utilize a very learner-focused framework. However, most instructors were taught in instructor-focused classrooms and it is very hard for them to break from this mold. In the online environment, the coursework is much more suited for a learner-focused environment. As a result of students constructing their own learning, they are considered to be more active. This type of active learning forces instructors to be guides for the learner. Online learners have more responsibility for their learning and instructors spend much more time providing resources than delivering content. Traditional classes and online classes often use different technologies, types of media, and forms of interaction. These new types of technology and interaction contribute to the focus on the learner. With its wider range of technologies, media and forms of interaction, e-Learning can help instructors meet a broader range of students needs.