Learning Environment



The face-to-face classroom can be (but not always is the case) a passive learning environment. In a traditional lecture style class, information is fed to the student and then passed back to the instructor through written proctored assessments. The environment is also physical; both student and instructor have the ability to see, hear and pick up on physical cues and body language. The Online classroom is typically a more active learning environment. Students must work proactively to acquire information. Through interaction and participation, students take an active role in course material and delivery. In an asynchronous online course, there is a challenge in not being able to “see” the instructor or fellow students in real-time exchanges.