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North American University

Education Department
M.Ed. in EDLE & CUIN
Name:__Omer DOGAN_________

Date: ___6-19-2016____________

Topic Selected: What does the research say about advantages and disadvantages of
distance education?

In the research of distance learning by article named Examining E-learning barriers

,there are a lot of benefits if using distance learning tools. It is very easy to update the
learning tools by internet and computer. The author of the article says Although there
has been some growth in e-learning and distance education in Jordanian higher education
institutions, an assessment of the actual situation did not take place yet. Computer
technology has emerged very quickly in most Jordanian universities and community
colleges; however, managing online courses is still beyond the acceleration in this
segment. I can say that this university can adopt itself very quickly by looking at the
Elise Knebel the author of the article named The Use and Effect of
Distance Education in Healthcare: What Do We Know? says that Since the 1960s,
distance education has been used extensively around the world for the preservice and in
service training of medical and allied health
students and professionals. According to this article distance learning was very
important all the time for educators and students.
Not everyone is talking about advantages of distance learning. Everything has two
sides of advantages and disadvantages. This author is mentioning both sides of distance
learning. Nick R. says that Only in a small group can a person develop properly. At
school, students learn how to make friends, be patient, get rid of disappointment, and
especially to compete. Competition between colleagues can be very stimulating and

students will only benefit from it. Online learning cannot offer human interaction. She
mentions that the distance learning has less or none interaction with human.

I am a traditional education person even I do my master degree online. There are a
lot of benefits of distance learning but disadvantages of distance learning is more them
its advantages. When you try to lead a discussion in the class ,it is very easy to control it.
In the discussion of classic education , you can control the temper of it and try to make
everyone join the discussion. You can see which student does not involve and which one
involves more. You cannot control discussions in online session very easily. If a student
doesnt want to join the discussion ,you cannot see what is happening all the time. I agree
with some points of the author about advantages and disadvantages of online learning. I
am using the advantages of distance learning in my career already. In conclusion, online
learning should be seen as a complement and extension of classical forms of learning.
Not even the best online course can fully replace the personal contact with a teacher, or
the human relationships that develop in a group. So, traditional classes shouldnt be
replaced with online learning.


1-Elisa Knebel.( September 2001). The Use and Effect of Distance Education in
Healthcare: What Do We Know?
2- Scholars Online. ( 2006 ). Retrieved from ttp://
3- Dell'Aria, Krista. (2011). The Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education .
Fort Hays State University. Retrieved from
4- Nick R. ( APRIL 10, 2013). Advantages and disadvantages of online learning.
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5- Muhammad K. Al-Alawneh. ( October, 2013). Examining E-learning barriers
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