CE  Vol.3 No.8 , December 2012
Online Learning: Trends, Potential and Challenges
ABSTRACT
This paper examines trends, potential and challenges in online learning. We consider 6 online learning trends and the issues associated with the trends. These include a one sided emphasis on the technology; physical versus online presences; formal face-to-face versus distance/workplace education; mono-versus multi-lingual online learning; open source versus proprietary software; and the open standard oxymoron. The potential of online learning include 4 factors of accessibility, flexibility, interactivity, and collaboration of online learning afforded by the technology. In terms of the challenges to online learning, 6 are identified: defining online learning; proposing a new legacy of epistemology-social constructivism for all; quality assurance and standards; commitment versus innovation; copyright and intellectual property; and personal learning in social constructivism. The authors contend the necessity of developing new ways of thinking to face the challenges relating to the development of online learning.

Cite this paper
Liang, R. & Chen, D. (2012). Online Learning: Trends, Potential and Challenges. Creative Education, 3, 1332-1335. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.38195.
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