- February 2013
- Posted By SteveDavids
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Distanced learning is very new. Proponents are saying that online learning is the future, and skeptics – that there is no better way than the old way.
Whatever the case is, e-learning is only growing, and not considering getting your degree online is just ignorant. Online learning is the new reality and everyone should be aware of what it represents.
The Positive Side
- Geographical location matters not. You can be anywhere in the world, and still choose a school that you’d like to go to. People living in a rural setting may find online education the only reasonable way to go to school without having to leave home. There just might not be any educational institutions around some rural vicinity. In this sense, education is brought to those who couldn’t have it before, and e-learning is a big leap forward.
- You get the freedom you won’t get in a traditional school. You take classes whenever you like. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. All the materials are available online and you can view them anytime you like.
- You can have a full-time job and still be getting a degree. A person working and getting a degree online is winning big time. They get both practical and theoretical knowledge at the same time, and will have an edge over their peers when looking for a job after they graduate.
- Financial matters. Cheaper tuition fees. A person getting a degree online doesn’t have to pay for accommodation and will save a lot on food and school supplies.
- It is easier to interact with your classmates and teachers. In an online environment, interaction is standardized and you can always get answers to your questions either through chat or a teacher-set up class blog. Online learning is just great for people who find real-life communication challenging.
- A great choice for people with disabilities, though this goes both ways.
The Negative Side
- You don’t get to network. Online education is all about you and your laptop. Certain degrees like business administration and communications are all about social interactions. If you are getting your degree online, you are deriving yourself of the contacts that may prove useful in your future career. If you are an introvert who would rather not make any connections at school though, online education is for you.
- Not all subjects can be taught online. Certain degrees require time spent in a lab or presenting in front of a large audience. Information-wise, not all knowledge can be passed on in an Internet environment.
- Online education’s reliance on technology requires technical skill and money. In other words, computer literacy is a requirement.
- Not all professors will teach online, and online teachers are less committed to having their students do well.
- Assessment of student performance is harder. The gap between the teacher and the student is greater, and only a work that strictly adheres to the standard will get a good grade.
- Administrative issues. Schools often see online programs as ways to increase revenues. They are rarely concerned with how much their online students learn.
- No employer will consider an online degree to be a traditional degree’s equal. At least not in the nearest future. Many decades have to pass till there will be equality among e-learners and classroom dwellers.
About the Author: Steve Davids is a freelance writer and a traveler. “I find education topics very interesting. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with people. I like helping people find answers to their questions. I cooperate with Evolutionwriters.com and help them deliver quality material to their customers.”