Traditional and Online Forms of Education: Proposing a Common Ground
Abstract: In this paper, we argue that although both the traditional and online forms of education have their advantages and disadvantages, online form of education has several advantages that can be maximized to enhance learning in this century. We start by looking at the historical accounts of these two forms of education through some philosophical dispositions that have influenced these approaches and discuss the importance of student engagement in online learning, ability to learn without the constraint of time, distance and physical classroom, the influence of teachers, motivation, and assessment. The paper concludes by proposing a blended model approach where the traditional and online approaches to education are blended together to derive the advantages of the two. This blended learning approach seems to hold promise for the future of education in this century.