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Recommended Citation: Zhang, W, J I Spurlock, and X Gao.  Can E-learning Replace the Traditional Classroom? A Case Study at a Private High School.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2007, v 24 (Pittsburgh): §2543. ISSN: 1542-7382.
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Can E-learning Replace the Traditional Classroom? A Case Study at a Private High School

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Wendy Zhang    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology
Southeastern Louisiana University    [u1] [u2]
Hammond, Louisiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

Jennelle Irene Spurlock    [a1] [a2]
Southern University at New Orleans    [u1] [u2]
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

Xiongya Gao    [a1] [a2]
Southern University at New Orleans    [u1] [u2]
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

E-learning is a form of learning using electronic means, primarily e-mail and the internet. The teacherís role in online learning is mainly that of a facilitator. There is less direct teacher-to-student interaction than normally found in the classroom. Learning is largely self motivated, and the student bears more individual responsibility to manage time and complete tasks within the given time frame. However, some students learn less effectively through this method and do not have the required self discipline to learn via the internet. Further, their learning styles may differ and they may not be able to comprehend the given information without further explanation from a teacher. Therefore, as suggested by this case study of a private Catholic all-female school, E-learning may not be able to replace the traditional classroom.

Keywords: e-learning, synchronous e-learning, asynchronous e-learning, gender differences

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