If doing an online learning course that doesn’t have any social interaction, individuals can thrive if there is fundamental knowledge of the subject. Subject based knowledge can be transferred to supplement and develop the online independent learning process. If individuals do not have the knowledge then they can struggle; they need others to bounce ideas and validate understanding.This is dependent on self efficacy, the learners confidence and need for reassurance. Learners on the beginning of their journey will learn better in social groups where they are challenged and can make mistakes or self correct through communicative networks. The more mature learner with inquiry skills, self reflection, awareness of strengths and weaknesses will most probably work well through independent learning.
Kim, P. (Ed.). (2014). Massive open online courses: The MOOC revolution. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
— Linzi McLagan (@LinziMclagan) February 10, 2017