Student Driven Discussions: An Exploration of Student Engagement
Abstract: Online learning daily gains currency as a seemingly inexpensive strategy to educate many students. While cost per student is an important institutional priority, research is sparse on whether online learning is efficient and effective in preparing educators. Studies do show that blended learning, a combination of both face-to-face and online, appears to have better outcomes. Here, student engagement of one distance learning cohort and another hybrid model that combined online and face-to-face instructional opportunities within the leadership knowledge and skill development domain is examined. Several unresolved questions emerged for comparative analysis of online communications of both groups, suggesting the need for future research.