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Perceptions of Distance Learning: A Comparison of Online and Traditional Learning

Universities have long experimented with different learning environments to accommodate the needs of their students.  Along with the traditional classroom, we have seen the use of correspondence courses, courses on tape, televised courses, and most recently internet-based distance education.  Utilizing a 22-question survey with 217 respondents, who were primarily adult, part-time students enrolled in criminal justice courses, this research examined why students chose distance education, and student perceptions of the quality and difficulty of those courses as compared to courses taught in the traditional classroom.  The data indicate that students strongly prefer distance education, largely because it allows them to balance their other commitments more easily.  Respondents also perceive... Show More


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