Developing leadership skills within graduate students who aspire to be school administrators requires that these students be involved in authentic experiences similar to those faced by today’s school leaders. While conventional graduate training has relied heavily on face-to-face instruction, the proliferation and availability of technology within today’s society has more and more students seeking training in an online setting. Professors make an effort to provide authentic experiences online, but sometimes are unsure of their effectiveness. What are the perceptions of graduate students pursuing leadership certification who are involved in online classes versus face-to-face instruction? Participants in this study indicated that both types of instruction, face-to-face and online, could be effective, especially when taught by effective teachers. Interestingly, most respondents indicated a preference for a blended class (some face-to- face and some online) rather than a class that is solely face-to-face or online.
Barnett, David and Aagaard, Lola, "Online vs. Face-to-Face Instruction: Similarities, Differences, and Efficacy" (2005). Faculty Research at Morehead State University. 872.