"Alternatives to the Online Lecture" (webpage) points out the need to "be sensitive to the advantages and disadvantages of the Virtual Classroom":
- "Web-based learning is well suited for communications, collaboration, and information acquisition, but not for reading long text files."
- "It is difficult to read screen after screen of text on a computer."
- "In the Virtual Classroom, text-based lectures should be short and few."
A. General Advice: Use the Discussion Tool Effectively