Are online courses as good as face-to-face courses?

Extensive research suggests that online courses can be at least as effective as face-to-face courses.  The variation between face-to-face and online is no greater than the variation between one face-to-face section and another.  Key to developing a quality online course is that one recognizes the significant differences between the virtual and on-ground classrooms and adapts the pedagogy to fit these differences.   Good instructional design is key to the development of online courses, just as it is important for face-to-face.  However, more needs to be well planned in advance for the online environment.  At Ferris, professionals in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and many faculty and faculty trainers are knowledgeable about best practices in online learning.  Ferris faculty are encouraged to utilize the Center’s services as they develop and improve online courses.