Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum and Instruction

First Committee Member

Randall Boone

Number of Pages



For more than a century, the most predominant form of instruction in higher education has been classroom-based and instructor-led. Today, this traditional approach to learning is being challenged by new technologies such as multimedia, telecommunications, and the Internet. It has been suggested that the effectiveness of traditional pedagogical methods in alternative learning environments may be resolved through the creation of a new domain for educational interaction referred to as online education (Harasim, 1990); There has been much research focused on the advantages of teaching university courses online (Davis, Odell, Abbitt, Amos, 1999; Hiltz, 1994; Harasim, 1990). However, there is little research that has focused on the effectiveness of traditional instructional methods when used in an online learning environment. This study examined the effectiveness of traditional classroom teaching methods used in an online learning environment; Academic outcomes of preservice education students who received online instruction were compared with preservice education students who received traditional teacher-based instruction. In this quasi-experimental, mixed model study, all students participated in both traditional (control) and online (experimental) interventions. Three different traditional methods of instructional delivery were compared: (a) lecture, (b) guided instruction, and (c) collaborative discussion. Interventions were created in which the intact traditional instruction was delivered through an online learning environment created specifically for this study; The results of this study show that overall, there were no significant differences between experimental and control groups. That is, student performance was the same whether instruction was delivered in a traditional classroom or through an online learning environment. Traditional instructional methods, such as those used in this study, produce similar academic outcomes when delivered through online learning environments.


Distance Education; Effectiveness; Environment; Instructional; Learning; Learning Environment; Methods; Online; Traditional Instructional Methods

Controlled Subject

Educational technology; Education, Higher; Educational psychology

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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