Distance EDU on Demand: Dr. Patrick Jones on Why Online Courses are Superior to Face-to-Face Classes

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Patrick Jones, PhD, Excelsior CollegeDr. Patrick Jones, vice provost and interim co-dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College, joins the podcast to discuss why online courses are superior to face-to-face traditional classes. Dr. Jones, an assessment and course development expert, believes when it comes to access, faculty-student engagement, and assessment, online has the clear advantage.

Listen to “Why Online Courses are Superior to Face-to-Face Classes”:

0:50 Initial skepticism over whether a quality education can be delivered online.

3:29 Experiences teaching at a traditional college.

4:30 How does an online course increase access?

6:00 Why online courses have more effective instructor-student engagement.

8:02 What could compel traditional schools to move away from one-to-many communication?

11:59 The importance of “assessment events” and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.

15:16 Where do we go from here? How will online education improve in the coming years?


Show Notes

Dr. Patrick Jones Expert Profile

Faculty Connects: Why Online Courses are Superior to Face-to-Face Classes

Excelsior College Awarded Grant to Explore Adaptive Learning

Excelsior Joins National Efforts to Expand Adoption of Competency-Based Education Across U.S.

Tina Grant on Competency, Adaptive Learning and Higher Ed Innovation

  • terrilynnmerritts

    I went to a state university back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s and did not finish. I came back to college at Excelsior and graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts this past January and am now working my way through the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. I much prefer online classes. When I was in college years ago, I had to make time in my schedule to go to class, battle traffic to get there, struggle to find parking on our urban campus that had 21,000 students, 900 faculty and staff and nowhere near enough parking. Classes could be cancelled for bad weather or sometimes I just couldn’t get there. Once I broke an ankle and missed school and the finals. Essentially classes were assigned reading, hearing a lecture explaining the text, and some class discussion plus tests and papers. Well, fast forward decades later to Excelsior online classes. I can go online and engage in discussions with classmates at whatever time of day is convenient for me. Bad weather, sickness, being busy with work (I work from home online) – none of that keeps me from my schoolwork. I read the materials, discuss it with professors and fellow students, take tests, and do papers. So- how could the convenience of doing it at home at convenient times NOT be superior to dragging one’s self to school? I have classmates in the military in Afghanistan and other places and they are working and getting their degrees. As long as a college is fully accredited with regional accreditation and not for profit, you are getting a degree that is identical to the one from a traditional college. The world has changed and is rapidly changing. Why should we shun better ways of doing things. I love online degrees!

  • Diana Cary

    I know if it were not for online courses I may have never been able to finish my education. The convenience of being able to work on school assignments whenever I could and wanted too was life changing. Not only when I wanted to work but where. I could go on vacation and still keep up with my studies. Excelsior certainly is making a difference in those people lives that are typically underrepresented. I share with any and everyone who mentions going back to school the convenience and flexibility of Excelsior College’s online courses and degree programs.

  • mark Woods

    For me the availability of class was a key factor. Having not attended traditional class before, I found the online classes a mixed experience. I always had some personal issues adjusting to the online discussion formats. Often other students posted late n the week and the more interactive parts seemed to happen just before the deadlines.

    I also found the class highly variable in quality and coverage of content. These were all 300 and 400 level classes, but much easier than I expected. In many ways much less challenging than the Army and Navy classes I have attended.