Learning with Technology
Poster presentation January 1, 2009.
Meta-analyses indicate that online learning and face-to-face instruction are similar in learning achievement and course satisfaction. In this study, we ask whether offering courses online results in behavior change such that fewer driving trips are made to campus. The environmental consequences are assessed by calculating the CO2 emissions savings. The results indicate that offering a class of 100 students with an online format leads to reduced CO2 savings of 5-7 tons, and knowledge of such an environmental benefit can lead to enhanced student satisfaction with distance learning.