Twenty Years of Research on the Academic Performance Differences Between Traditional and Distance Learning

The last decade of the 20th Century and the first of the 21st have seen dramatic changes due to the exponential proliferation of telecommunications and the Internet to all aspects of life. Said technological changes have also influenced education systems to pursue the development, incorporation, and blending of new and innovative methods of and for delivering education.

The transformation from the traditional Face-to-Face (FTF) classroom mode to new delivery methods and platforms (correspondence, Internet-online, one-way, two-way audio and video) collectively known as Distance Education (DE), led some experts so far as to predict that the ‘residential based model,’ that is, students attending classes at prearranged times and locations, will disappear in the near future (Blustain, Goldstein & Lozier, 1999; Drucker, 1997 as cited in O’Malley, 1999). It is beyond doubt that distance education has progressed in concept and practice (to encompass where applicable) from an "anywhere" to an "anytime" to an "any pace" delivery method.

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