The study reported here investigated the perceptions of Extension personnel towards Internet-based instruction delivered in two different formats: a minimally interactive online environment and a multimedia-rich, highly interactive online environment. A traditionally face-to-face environment was also studied, and posttest scores were evaluated to investigate the achievement differences between the different learning formats. Results indicate that while the traditional face-to-face instructional environment was perceived more favorably than the Internet-based environment, the multimedia-rich, highly interactive online environment was found to return just as statistically significant posttest results as those found in the more traditional learning environment.
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McCann, B. M. (2007). The Effectiveness of Extension In-Service Training by Distance: Perception Versus Reality. The Journal of Extension, 45(1), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss1/6