• The Desocialization Of Distance Learning : A Proposal

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    A 25 page research paper. While distance education itself is not new, Internet-based courses are a relatively new phenomenon. The question this proposal asks is: Is there a difference in student achievement between those taking Online courses and those attending the traditional classroom course? The paper is a research proposal that includes: a general introduction to the topic of distance education/learning and to Internet-based education, in particular. The purpose of the study, hypotheses and methodology are included. The literature review reports both anecdotal comments and results of previous research studies, both qualitative and quantitative. One concern with this medium has been students feeling isolated with a lack of socialization with other students. As the literature illustrates, there are many tools and strategies that can be used to minimize any negative effect of distance. Statistical data are reported. Bibliography lists 14 sources.

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    THE DESOCIALIZATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING : A PROPOSAL , April 2003 properly! [Note to student:  Your title seems to suggest your premise is that a lack of face-to-face interaction decreases student achievement. The literature does not support this premise. You might consider: Does the lack  of face-to-face interaction have any effect on student achievement in Online programs? Or something like that. If you want your hypothesis to be supported, you will need to propose that  there is no significant difference between the achievement of Online students versus in-class students.] Introduction While distance education itself is not new, correspondence courses have been offered for decades,  Internet-based courses are a relatively new phenomenon (Thirunarayanan and Prado, 2001). This technology allows communication between student and instructor in a multitude of formats, including chat rooms, e-mail, listserves, bulletin  boards, Online forums and so on. Thirunarayanan and Prado point out that the "Web is also considered to be "compatible with the way students now prefer to learn" (Thirunarayanan and  Prado, 2001, p. 131). It certainly does provide a multitude of benefits. Distance learning is defined as any type of educational arrangement where the instructor and the student are in  two different geographic locations (Dick, 1999). Thus, distance learning incorporates correspondence courses, televised or video courses, and those offered through intranets and Internet sources. This project will focus on and  emphasize distance learning as it relates to Internet-based education although it will also provide some insight into studies focusing on other forms of distance education models. Ackley commented that  Online instructors are often hired more for their technological skills than for their knowledge of the subject they are going to teach (2002). Ackley argues: "Such an emphasis disadvantages the 

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