A classification method for distance education, transactional distance examines the amount of learner autonomy and the distance between students and instructors (Simonson, Smaldino, & Zvacek, 2015). Transactions in distance education include
Prior to my online Master’s degree, I attempted a face-to-face cohort group, thinking poorly of distance education. I moved online because I was forced to as a result of my family, life, and school balance. Through distance education, the professor was able to spend undivided attention to me via meeting rooms and email, such that I hadn’t experienced in the face-to-face program. The transactions between myself and my professor differed, but were not more or less attentive than the face-to-face room as a result of the technology, they were more simply because of the dedication of the instructor.
Moore, M. G. (Ed.). (2013). The theory of transactional distance. Handbook of distance education (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.