Title: Distance learning: a case study

Authors: Mehdi Sagheb-Tehrani

Addresses: College of Business, Minot State University, 500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND 58707, USA

Abstract: For different reasons, Distance Learning (DL) is a popular option in higher education. Information Technology (IT) has made education more available for students without regard to location or time. Universities are now offering online degrees at all levels. This study presents an exploratory investigation designed to identify some of the advantages and disadvantages of DL. Seventeen students from one MBA course took part in this investigation. In online courses, not only does the educational process occur by means of a computer system (generally over the internet), but instruction occurs via the computer as well. Based on seven years of experience with online teaching, the author identifies some factors for success, as well as the potential disadvantages and advantages of online learning. Online learning has the ability to provide a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The author hopes that this paper provides valuable insights into the advantages and disadvantages of online learning.

Keywords: online learning; information technology; distance learning; advantages; disadvantages; management in education; e-learning; electronic learning; MBA courses; higher education; virtual learning environment; VLE; success factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2008.021999

International Journal of Management in Education, 2008 Vol.2 No.4, pp.445 - 466

Published online: 16 Dec 2008 *

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