What Makes Good Online Instruction Good?: New Opportunities and Old Barriers

  • J. Michael Spector
Part of the Lifelong Learning Book Series book series (LLLB, volume 12)

This book is about changes in learning and instruction and implications for learners, teachers, designers and policy makers. Many of the relevant changes are related to new technologies and developing views of how, when, where and why people manage to learn different kinds of things more or less effectively. This chapter focuses on distance learning technologies and questions pertaining to the evaluation of a particular kind of distance learning—online instruction. Criteria that appear relevant to assessing effectiveness are presented and discussed. Arguments for and against online instruction being held to different quality standards are presented. The chapter concludes with remarks about the personalities of online learning groups and how these might affect learning outcomes.


Online Learning Student Evaluation Online Instruction School Engagement Blended Learning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Michael Spector
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  1. 1.Learning Systems InstituteFlorida State UniversityUSA

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