Traditional face-to-face methods of teaching and learning have been accused of ignoring the individual differences between learners, ignoring the problem solving and critical thinking aspects of knowledge, and offering a passive, rote way of learning (Appana, 2008; Halverson & Smith, 2009-10).

New technological learning methods encourage a more independent, student-centered learning process whereby:
  • students learn how to locate information on their own (Mayadas, Bourne, & Bacsich, 2010),
  • determine criteria for deciphering what is "good" information (Stewart, 2008),
  • develop analytical skills that drive self-learning and investigation (Hew & Brush, 2006), and
  • take into consideration the individual differences in student's learning styles (Delgado-Almonte, Bustos Andreu, & Pedraja-Rejas, 2010).