Online Versus Campus Learning
On-campus and distance programs are similar in that students are essentially receiving the same education in terms of courses, curriculum and objectives. At times specific assignments, papers or projects may differ as to better accommodate an online format. For example, a large project that may be assigned to a group of students participating in a campus program may be scaled down for the individual student enrolled in an online program.
One of the biggest differences between the two types of programs is the way that information is distributed and received. Campus programs allow for in-person lectures, face-to-face discussions and assignments that are turned in directly to instructors. In online programs, technology takes the place of physicality, allowing students to use the Internet to watch a streaming video lecture, participate in a class discussion via chat room or turn in an assignment by uploading a file. Online programs deliver the same content and require the same amount of effort from students as on-campus ones but in a different way.