February 18, 2000
Distance and Classroom Education Seen as Equally Effective
Is distance education better or worse than traditional classroom instruction? Neither, says Thomas L. Russell, who tracks studies of distance-education methods. Most studies he's seen show no difference in the effectiveness of the two media.
Mr. Russell, director emeritus of instructional telecommunications at North Carolina State University, hoped to find scientific backing for his hunch that distance education is superior to traditional methods. Although a