Which is Best? Click & Mortar or Internet Education?
Educational Process Changing!
Internet, or Click and Mortar Education?
Click and Mortar VS. Internet Education
What does “Click and Mortar” Mean? This phrase refers to the conventional physical campus and is derived from brick and mortar.
Are both educational processes recognized by employers? What about being nationally accredited and recognized? Yes to both questions! The accreditation process is case by case for all learning institutions.
Which Program is Best?
Simple answer... depends on both the student and the institution. “Best” means many different things to different people.
The term education is used in terms of the context of the knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
The author has completed doctorate requirements (except the dissertation – not completed) from an nationally accredited Internet University– Capella University. In addition, he has completed two Masters from Click and mortars universities – Chapman (MAE-Administrative) and University of Phoenix (MBA-With Distinction).
His PhD dissertation was on this topic: “Comparing and Contrasting Click and Mortar and Distance Learning Education.”
Surveys were completed from both populations from the Click and Mortar and Internet students. Longitudinal studies were completed on post-graduation students from both programs.
There are no such thing as “random” polls, or surveys. Seemingly, random activities if observed over long enough times, develop patterns. An example: when one is sitting next to a running stream, droplets of water may strike one coming from the water as it strikes embedded rocks in the stream. Over a period of time a pattern of getting wet will develop.
The population of students taking Internet education self-select themselves. The profile of Internet student tend to be independent, self-starters and more prone not to complete the education process. The dropout rate is higher.
Finally, students define their own “better.”
Notwithstanding the above, the author’s summary was that there is no conclusive data available to determine which educational process is best.
Future Trends in the Educational Process
Student driven universities will succeed. Old established universities must adapt or perish. An example is at Stanford University, an educational experiment has provided a glimpse of the future educational process. Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig decided to let the public take their artificial intelligence course online, for free. 160,000 students signed up. Now the plan is to change higher learning forever. This created their KnowLabs Project.
KnowLabs already has competition from Stanford and MIT. Thrun has created Udacity. His goal is to offer free eight-week classes. This is the first step in developing curriculum and obtaining the needed accreditation and fees must be generated… There is a hiring spree funded by a sizable chunk of money from Charles River Ventures, a VC firm specializing in early stage investments.
The educational process is racing to meeting a exponentially rapid changing process. One must determine their own best method or process to learn.