What’s in a Name? Researchers Struggle With Terms for New Learning Methods

Researchers at the University of Missouri at Columbia found no consensus among academics about the definitions of “e-learning,” “online learning,” and “distance learning,” which they say makes it difficult to assess the strengths of each approach.

“As education researchers, we don’t get the true context of the instructional environment, and without that, it is impossible to compare learning results,” says Joi L. Moore, an associate professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at Missouri, who led the research, which was published recently in the journal The Internet and Higher Education.

Wired Campus would like to know, what do you think is the difference between the three? How important is it that researchers settle on a common definition of each?

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