One of the greatest advantages of traditional education is its ability to create knowledge based cultures through face-to-face communication. It is believed that on-campus social interaction creates norms, values, and expectations that lead people to higher forms of scholarship. This is not always the case when negative cultural influences restrict the ability of students to be successful. New research shows that online courses help to enhance the scholastic nature of colleges by countering some of the destructive norms in society that limit intellectual growth. When people interact and socialize with each other they create social expectations that can either lead to more scholastic behavior or lessen that behavior. For example, cultural norms can encourage greater research and knowledge sharing or it can socially restrict the transference of knowledge. When negative cultures are developed in face-to-face environments they can be extremely difficult to reverse. Online education
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