Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Unearthing Hidden Assumptions Regarding On-Line Education: The Use of Myths and Metaphors

As on-line education becomes more pervasive and increasingly acceptable in society, there is a need to critically examine the merits and underlying assumptions driving the justification, design, and teaching of such courses. In this paper, we take a first step in this direction by uncovering several symbolisms, in the form of myths and metaphors, discernable in the discourse on online learning. Future research will involve an empirical examination regarding the validity and consequences of these myths/metaphors identified, specifically in the context of information systems education.