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Title: 
Online learning: Trends, potential and challenges
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Keywords: 
Online learning
Trends
Issues
Potential
Challenges
Issue Date: 
2012
Citation: 
Liang, R., & Chen, D. –T. V. (2012). Online learning: Trends, potential and challenges. Creative Education, 3(8), 1332-1335. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ce.2012.38195
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.
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ISSN: 
2151-4755 (print)
2151-4771 (online)
Other Identifiers: 
10.4236/ce.2012.38195
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