I am a single mother to 4 children, if I was not able to take classes online, I would not have the time to go back to school and get my higher education. Between working full time and taking care of my family, there is no way that I can go sit in a class room to learn. With online I can learn from home and still care and provide for my family. I am so glad that I have the chance to a higher education so I can find a better job for myself and my family.
Ordinarily, I would say I prefer on-campus schooling. However, I know of a school which has implemented an on-line program. There were several students who originally would have dropped out of high school. In the online class, they were not distracted by their friends, they were not caught up in school drama, and they were given a chance to succeed. Due to the success of this school, I believe online education is awesome!
I have attended traditional, face-to-face, classes and without fail there is at least one frat guy, athlete, or someone hungover who has no real desire to be in class. They typically make comments that are out of context, misguided, and poor attempts to relive high school "cool." This distraction robe people of their chance to voice their own opinion. Often times the students with the most insight to give on a subject are not comfortable sharing their thoughts with a group of people where snide comments may follow.
In the online forum, everyone has an equal voice. They are allowed to compose their thoughts and arguments before submitting them to the discussion, which results in more substance being added to the discussion. Eliminating the in class distractions of people who do not want to be there encourages learning and discussion.
The self discipline of online learning is more in-line with the real world and career related tasks. Most people do not have supervisors or mangers giving step by step instructions. People are required to be meet deadlines and be responsible for participating.
If you are self motivated, and can manage your own time online learning is for you. So long as you have the ability to learn on your own. This option requires you to search for answers and rely on your own intelligence to find answers to questions. Some people excel in this format, others need people demonstrating and lecturing material in order to grasp the content. d
It really boils down to what kind of learner you are.
There is no replacing the social aspect of a university campus. Everyone should experience the free learning environment. But that does not mean it is the best way to get a degree.
Online education is as effective as traditional schooling, because students have to meet a certain grade criteria in order to get credit for the classes. Online schooling just offers a different means to get an education, and is a great way to do it for people who have children, or are trying to work and get a degree at the same time.
There are no distractions from other students and the lessons can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student. Online instructors are available to offer assistance if needed, so the student is not left to decipher the material on his own.
The lessons provided online are consistent for all students which corrects for the problem of one student getting a better teacher than another, as often happens in traditional schooling. Also, the cost of an online education is much less than what a traditional school would charge, making it available to those who may otherwise not be able to receive an education.
Online education is often more fast paced compared to on-campus schooling. Children don't have the luxury of zoning out, falling asleep, misbehaving, becoming distracted, etc. in an online environment. It's success is directly contributed to the amount of involvement necessary from the student. We are able to save money by hiring well-educated professionals to transcribe one specific lesson plan that will reach thousands of students nationwide. Charter schools are a great example of this. The students still attend a class like setting, but complete all lessons and objectives online while being supervised by a well-rounded educational professional who is skilled in most subjects. If we were able to continue the expansion of schools such as these, we would be able to school more children on an equal educational basis, hire less incompetent and poorly mannered teachers, and potentially create educational opportunities in otherwise underprivileged neighborhoods, societies, and cultures.
Online learning teaches us that we can learn the same material on our own. Not only that, we tend to use that same information daily. The distractions are limited as well as the projects require us to really induldge in our work. When it comes to real life experiences, a majority of online schools require us to do externships to recieve that real life experience. It also saves us time because some of us are not able to drop everything, move into a dorm and spend 9 hours a day in a classroom setting without falling asleep.
Depending on the way you learn online education can be even more beneficial than the traditional model. Online learning forces you to teach yourself subjects, which aides in comprehension and retention. However, some people need classroom atmospheres and learn best there. Ultimately it comes down to what is best for each student..
Comparing online learning to traditional learning can be as effective as comparing apples to oranges. The reality is that the majority of people interested in online learning are adults who have real-life experiences in work and in families.
These people benefit more strongly from the high level of responsibility, technological know-how, and intense writing needs of the online platform. Sports, teacher guidance, an face-to-face correspondance is not a necessary platform of learning that the adult learner needs.
Most online learners already have experience in the field for which they are trying to garner a degree. Why should they leave their families at home, re-arrange their work schedules, and pay more in gasoline just to attend a traditional class? It's not necessary.
Another fact about online learning, though, is that just as not all traditional schools are structured the same way, neither are online institutions. I've taken college courses in all formats, and must say, that conversing with a Spanish instructor who lived and worked in Spain seemed much more beneficial to my education than attending a classe on-campus.
High school students may not receive the same benefits of online learning, and that fact cannot be too highly disputed. These kids need a liason from highly-gaurded life toward self-sufficiency. For that function, they would most benefit from the old brick schools we think of when contemplating college.
That's simply not as true for the adult, working population.
Each and every student is different. Their brains function is different ways, and sometimes their concentration cannot be kept by traditional facilitated school. If online education works best for certain students and offers an option to learn more effectively, then I think that it should be embraced.
Online education is definitely as good as on-campus training if the individual student is disciplined and motivated to do the required work. When you go to school on-campus, the expense can be so great. So financially, it can be smart to do it online, again, if you are disciplined enough a person to do all of the work. Also, if you are a young person, the partying etc. that is expected on-campus will not be a distraction.
Depending on the grade level of the student, online learning can be a very efficient way to learn some subjects. Because the student is working independently, he/she can take more time studying something difficult, if necessary, or move ahead more quickly in areas that come easier. Online education can't replace everything that a real school can offer, such as music or drama classes, or the benefits of discussion with peers, but it can work well for some people.
I am a well educated person who is as comfortable with virtual communication as speaking and listening. If you are not able to use a computer fluidly you may not prefer online learning. However, it is not going away and there are many advantages to it. I do not have to drive (that means cold, snow, gas, traffic and time.avoided). Also, if I am ill, don't want to shower, have to be home for a delivery, need to do laundry.you get the point. I can make much better use of my time. Lastly, the requirements in my graduate (online) classes are actually more demanding then the on campus classes I have taken. In this I am referring to the level of work quality expected, as well as the volume of work. I have taken many online classes. Given the advantages, and my increased productivity, online gets a big, big yes from me.
Doing web development online helps me to be more familiar with the newest updates and programs while taking my general classes i had came across whit many online tools that i would't be using in regular classes, the practice of actually using them for a porpoise rather than just learning how to use them
When my child first came to me about wanting to go to an online school instead if highschool I was hesitent, but it turned out to be the best choice I've ever made. She actually was able to graduate 1 full year before her classmates. She had incredible grades and was able to comprehend the work and get the individual attention she needed. Her old friends got involved with drugs and god Bly knows what else. Now, my daughter is on her way to Yale on a scholarship. Haveing your child do online schooling is the best design ever
I believe that an online education can be just as effective as being on campus as long as you are focused and determined it can be done. I know a lot of people would disagree or even say it's just being lazy, but everyone has their own reason for choosing to complete their education online and I'm all for furthering your education by whatever means works for you.
I have been in a traditional on-campus as well as online education. I feel in both cases you get out what you put out. If you are not studying as you should you are not going to gain the knowledge that you need. I agree that with online education you have to be way more disciplined in your studies. It requires you to log-in multiple times throughout the week to answer questions. In a traditional setting you do not have to voice your opinion. To speak on a topic is your choice. I feel that making it a part of requirements you get more out of the weeks assignment because you are doing research and voicing your opinion. I have read that on-line schooling is easier to cheat and ditch versus traditional. The thing is it is your option to do so. If you do not want to attend class for either choice it's your option. I have also read how it is for lazy people. I feel that it is for people who simply want to spend their time at home. Especially after whatever things they have to do throughout the day. I mean you are at campus for a short period of time. The bulk of your work is done at home. So really you are going to campus to listen to a lecture and maybe do group work.
I feel that education whether it's online or traditional on-campus is the same thing. What you learn from either one is the work that you put into your studies. I recently moved 12 hours away from all of my family. So for me I am definitely going to come home and be with my children versus trying to go to a campus.
Both traditional and online schooling have their pros and cons, but in the end the quality of education received is absolutely correlated to the amount of effort put in. In either setting, students must be committed to academic success regardless of obstacles or barriers encountered.
It should be considered that online schooling provides greater opportunities to students who either don't have access to or don't feel comfortable in a traditional school setting. For example, the single parent working a full-time job who cannot afford additional childcare while attending school. Or maybe that parent lives in a rural area and does not have the time to commute to and from school, but is able to log a few hours each night after the kids go to bed. There is also the case for students whose social anxiety may interfere with academic success. A web-based environment may break down social barriers to allow the student to reach full potential.
Online education is not for everyone. Kids just out of high school may not yet have the discipline required to do all on line courses. People who work well independently, or have extreme work schedules that make it impossible to attend a bricks and mortar college benefit the most from online education.
An online education is not for everyone. The online environment is better suited for the independent, disciplined, and hard working student. In addition, technological literate students will stand a better chance at succeeding in an online environment.
Having wrote that, a good online program includes everything that is needed to learn the material---virtual writing centers, tutoring, virtual student centers, access to the college’s library, and many eager professors willing to help the student succeed.
From my own experience, I found that I learned the material better online than in my on-campus classes. Maybe its because the online classes required more commitment from me. I found that the online classes had a heavier workload. For example, I know of an engineering student that dropped out of an online class in Philosophy, because she found it way too hard. She ended up taking the class on-campus instead and got an A. She wasn't just any student either---she graduated with honors in chemical engineering. It just goes to show that the best online students are on a higher intellectual level than most other students.
While I am not claiming that online schooling is for everyone, I must say that with the right person in the right school, it can be a beneficial option. I found myself struggling through the traditional brick-and-mortar educational system for years, and only found a myself at ease after going with an online approach. And there are many similar cases where the student finds themselves struggling or feeling ostracized or any number of reasons in which traditional schooling just doesn't fit.
Students can experience better communication between their instructor and their classmates. Shy students can ask questions more confidently and concerned students can get responses back almost immediately from their instructor. Students also learn how to choose their words carefully which is a great tool to know how to use. Based off personal experience as well as second hand experience, online courses allow students to learn at their own pace. Students are allowed to take their time with assignments and work on them as they see fit. In other words, students would not have to complete that assignment at that moment in class, but instead, work on it at their convenience.
I think online schooling is about the same, but better in a way. Most kids in this generation are now more distracted about their social life than their school work. Kids that are to shy and are afraid to ask for help don't really learn much. Although through behind a computer screen they'll never learn how to be communicative unless they try. If your kid is being bullied, insecure, shy, and worried to be judge by the other kids like mine then i'd suggest online classes for one year or half the year then send them off to public school so they'll get comfortable with both.
Our daughter could not travel with us due to the imposition of the regulation of not missing more than 10 days per year and time in the classroom was wasted with students with less ambition and poor behavior.
With on-line education, our daughter was 12 years old testing at a post high school equivilent. She has been to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, Dallas and San Francisco in the United States and across Europe to explore educational opportunity.
The ability to move at her own pace has kept her intested and motivated to learn. We meet with other home schooled students for socialization and even participates in on a tennis team
I agree on-line education is not for everyone, but is well suited for children who are motivated and ambitious. It mirrors real life in that the student has to set goals and perform. The time wasted with childish drama is avoided and fun time is quality time!
If you are like me and already have a personal computer, webcam, and mic you can excel in this program. I had trouble learning through my freshman year in high school so I reverted to K-12 online learning. The main differences are that you don't have another 20-30 students that the teacher has to work with so you get more one on one with the teacher. However it takes the right mindset to do so. Such as if I wanted to I could just stop and play games while my parents are at work but it all depends on the learner. It's bad yet good.
Distance learning has became more flexibility for everyone. Not only it is the easiest way to touch the education, but it gives the opportunities for those people who want to get knowledge. Maybe they have many reason to not able to go to a traditional school and sit with talent people.
I go to school online and I am learning so fast, At my age I didn't want to go back to a traditional class, I tried it for a while and it was painstaking to sit in class, listen to all of the distractions, and frustrations. I just go to my computer, read the required readings and report on what I have learned. It saves gas money and traffic time. Iit is helping me get my graduate degree that is so much desired.
I have peak learning times that I use regularly and it helps I can sit down in the middle of the night and study. I really enjoy it.
I've done both and find I am less stressed and better able to work in an online setting. Both experiences were good but I believe that online worked so much better for my personality. The stress of having someone look over your shoulder was something I did not like very much. Plus being able to work in the privacy of my own domain has helped me to grow as an adult and become more responsible, teaches me time management and how to get assignments in without an actual professor here to push me, it allows me to do this on my own and do it well because it shows independence on my part...
Online education is at least equally effective than the traditional brick-and-mortar one, if not more. If done by the right people, with the right audience in mind (the best teaching is the one which addresses and betters a below average level of understanding!), it can work miracles. Plus, it can be completely tuition free.
I just completed the first class and thought it would be difficult because I am used to the traditional school setting. However, I am happy with the setting of the online school I choose. I find it very easy to follow and it has caused me to interact with other peers as well as see things from a different perspective that usually I would not participate in group discussions.
My wife and daughter have both taken online courses, and they disagree as to if it is good or not.
My wife is doing great in the classes my daughter failed miserably. The difference that I have seen in the two is how much effort is put into the classes. My daughter is not disciplined enough to get her work done for school without a teacher in front of her to get the point across. My wife on the other hand is always pushing herself harder than a teacher would and expects more from herself. I have also watched friends of my daughters do very well in online classes and even pass up their in class counterparts. Have also seen her friends in traditional classes keep up with the front running students from online. So in conclusion as I see it it doesn't matter which you choose you will always get out of education what you put in just like everything in life.
Online education is very effective for the students as well as the working professionals. For students they may complete their regular education by attending the school/college whereas the additional knowledge which is not included in the regular curriculum of school is available in the online courses. It will be a additional tool to gain the knowledge. I am of strong belief that in school or colleges the focus of the students is mainly to complete the education and to get the degree/certificate which will be helpful for getting a job. Most of the students are not aware what they wants to be and why they are attending the school. In India most of the degrees do not guarantee the relevant jobs for the students. Graduates like BA, B.Com or B.Sc. Are not sure whether they will be getting the jobs relevant to their education. In such scenario I believe online courses are more effective and informative for these children. Working professionals can hone their skills by joining the online courses.
A disciplined student can get a very effective education from online classes. It is a slightly different mode of learning - as is learning from laboratory compared to learning from books. It depends on the subject and the student. Online classes need to be tested more frequently and the tests need to be proctored. That will ensure the integrity of the level of education.
As the years progress, online education seems to be growing, especially when so many students drop out of college during their freshmen or sophomore years. Jus because you follow a different path than your parents, siblings, friends, etc. Does not mean that online education is the wrong path to take. With online education, you can move around from area to area, learn at your own pace, do other activities in your own time without, and if you're motivated shoot higher than you want.
The only downside is that you won't get to make friends outside of the online program, unless you already know some of the students and get in contact with them throughout the week, or you do some kind of activity that requires social contact. In general, you don't need to have "friends", (though it's always nice to be able to talk to people and do stuff like going to see a movie, eat lunch together, etc.) to have good social skills. In general, getting along with people is good enough to survive in this world.
I went to traditional school until my freshman year, and started online school in my sophomore year. I am improving my grades significantly and learning a lot more than I did when going to a traditional school. I think it depends on the person, some may require to be imposed with specific timing and places to study and do their assignments, while others (like me) may be more effective organizing their own time.
I'm an online student. I was an exemplary student in the traditional format as well, so I may not be the most accurate type of person against which to measure efficacy of the online environment. I will say, however, that if one possesses the capacity to take matters into their own hands and facilitate their own learning without having their hands held, the online format is very beneficial and can be equivalent in terms of outcome.
A good online program requires more drive and desire from the student in order to succeed. Rather than sitting in a classroom absorbing what is taught like a sponge and then repeating them on a paper or test the online program requires the student to review the lesson and understand what is expected without the luxury of taking word for word notes that have come from the instructor's mouth. The student must then prove his knowledge by completing the required assignment.
When I used to go to a University traditionally I would get panic attacks. If it wasn't for online schooling there is no way I would have been able to finish my college education. I think people disagree with online education because you don't hear the stories and don't have a professor explaining things in depth for you. I also think people feel that you can cheat on tests by opening up a book, but that is not true at all! Its actually harder because we only get less than a minute or a minute per question, there is no time to look up an answer in a book. Oh and for the people who feel there is no learning or hands on experience thats what internships are for.
I am currently an online student and I have enjoyed the experience immensely.
It is a convenient and precise way to obtain an effective education. I can complete my assignments, tend to personal needs, and all the other things I need to do in the privacy of my own home.
I agree that online education is important as much as being on campus schooling. Yeah being on campus makes it a lot easier for people but being online can also be easy for people, just depends on their daily schedule. Like me I probably have time during the day for campus schooling because I work nights. But I chose online schooling so I can be home with my family while I do school work.
As with any sort of education program, you get out what you put in. It can take more discipline and effort on the part of the student to complete courses and check out all information that is available to them with an online program. Students can not be afraid to hold discussions with their professors or classmates if they have questions. I am loving my online school, Grand Canyon University, there is an extreme amount of interaction and sense of community, without all of the distractions of a traditional university. I have attended both traditional and online universities, and I would choose my online school over and over again!!!!
Whether you are taking an online course or a course on-campus does not determine that you can not succeed. If you are focused and determined you can be as successful regardless of how your completing your education. When you are motivated, nothing will come between fulfilling that goal. You will do whatever it takes to obtain your degree and you will succeed.
Online education is as effective as traditional schooling. It takes self-discipline and confidence in yourself to be a successful online. It allows the opportunity to work at your own pace and if you have a busy life it is convenient and you can work in the privacy of your home.
I believe that online classes are just as effective if not better. If gives the opportunity to those with hectic schedules to still be able to continue their education and achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. If it wasn't for online education I would of never made it back to school!!
Most people become involved in online classes because they are busy and want to finish their education in some way. This was my situation and I felt like I was settling for this route because I could not go the traditional way. I have an associate degree that I earned in the regular classroom and as I am now an online student I feel I am learning just as much, if not more then I would in the traditional classroom setting. The assistance that we receive if we are having problems and the support of all the staff at my school is better then I had as a on campus student. I would definitely recommend this route to anyone who wants to get a degree but has other responsibilities. Even if you do not have a full life load this is a great way to get your degree, although I know younger college students prefer the on campus lifestyle. Either way when it comes to the quality of education received, online is definitely a quality route to go.
I am a current online student and though I have just started out, I believe one can get as good of an education online if not better than in the traditional class setting. One reason is the ability to study and read the lecture notes as well as particpate all on your own schedule so long as you turn it in before the required due date. With the traditional class setting you have to be in class and listening to the lecture, something that may not fit in with the schedule of a working adult.
I feel like online studies is effective. Some kids just don't like the way the school system are. You have to deal with ignorant people in the classrooms, the distractions of the class clown, the bullying by other kids, kids being loud and being not able to pay attention. As for doing the work at home where you feel comfortable at, i think you can get a lot more done i the same amount of time it takes a classroom to get ready. It is quite and you can work at our own pass, you can go to the bathroom when you want to. Less demanding issues as far as I'm concerned.
Seems like this could be a good way to get some kids out of some of the worst schools. We seem to be failing so many. This may be a good way to augment or replace bad systems. No one has gotten knifed bullied or shot on line. Worth a try.
Online schooling is just as effective as traditional schooling because your still learning the same thing and you still have to do all the same work. Just your not in a real room doing these things. A lot of people now a days don't have time for traditional schooling they can only do it online which is a great option.
I have gone to public school, private school and home schooled as a child and through high school. Now that I am an adult with a child of my own, I work full time, home school my child and have been enrolled with an on-line university for almost two years now, I can not say enough about how wonderful it is to get my degree and not have to travel an hour into the city to attend a campus. I have limited time, especially since I home school my child, plus I have her in dance and Girl Scouts, needless to say she is very well adjusted and can speak and perform in front of a large audience repeatedly. I do not feel home schooliing or onlone schooling will take away from social interaction if one incorperates social activities into their daily lives. Also, one has to be determined, self motivated, and resp0nsible in order to achieve their online goals. So, obviously it is not for everyone, but a great number of individuals may benefit from the online experience.
Online learning is very effective. You can work at your own pace and choose what classes you do.
I am getting mostly A's and B's on my school papers than in public school. It also creates a learning path fit for you. You have more time to complete things than in public schools too.
I completed my undergrad at a State University in PA on campus and I am now working on my graduate degree with Capella, an online college. I can say that on campus I spent every class fastly taking notes and not focusing on taking in all of the information I should have. With online learning I am able to focus on the material, ask my professor questions (with quick response), and I can work around my work school. Too all of you who think it makes you lazy, why don't you give it a try. I can honestly say I work a full time job and I take one class in quarters. I have two assignments a week and responses with my peers as well as four larger projects and papers that occur within the quarter. I spend at least 10 hours a week on homework and that is for one class. So...It doesn't make you lazy!!! Trust me! I feel that I have learned more now then I did in classes for my undergrad. You get out of it, what you put into it! So if your lazy, its your own fault. And for all of you that are saying easy "A"...Give it a shot. Take one of my classes, lets see how easy it is for you to get an "A".
I say yes because I have attended a traditional college since I received my GED back in 2006 and back in 2010 I decided to attend school online. I feel that it is just as effective as traditional school and sometimes even better. I say this because traditional schools sometimes can be overcrowded and you may miss something important that the instructor is trying to teach you because you can't hear or see over your peers. In an online class you have all the privacy in the world and you can learn and study at your own pace.
Older adult students returning to school may benefit most from an online education. The flexibility offered in these programs is attractive to older students with very busy lives. There is a self-motivation that keeps these students going. Being able to work at night, on weekends, and in short time slots encourages participation. Often in a traditional program, students think just showing up and taking tests is enough to get by in a class. In the online setting the work actually has to be done to get credit. This encourages more research and thought on the part of the student. There's also usually a student's family involved in encouraging and motivating them to continue. A younger student in a traditional setting is often not there for himself, but instead for his parents. This makes rebellion more likely. With a level of flexibility and self-motivation the student can accomplish goals in the online setting that he might have otherwise considered impossible. Of course, the right program is important. The more programs there are available, the more likely a student is to find one that works with his life. I firmly believe that the online setting is just as effective for the older student.
The reason online education is great is because, you get to work at your own pace, in your own home, with your family around. For those students who have families traditional campus classes are more difficult to attend. As I am an online student, I find that I work even harder than I ever did in any traditional class room setting. Online education is great!
Online education is just as effective as traditional on-campus schooling because it is more flexible. When you have a family and still have to work for a living, on-line is the best for you. You can work at your own pace at the convenience of your own home or work. The communication between your on-line community is awesome, it never gets boring. Someone is always posting something that you can relate to and that is why I believe online education rocks!
Learning from an online course can be just as effective, if not more. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the experience of online study may well eclipse the classroom experience. With advancing multimedia applications, an online course may offer a richer and more expansive experience for learning with instant access to virtual classrooms and lectures, links for a deeper understanding of the subject, student chat rooms and video conferencing for collaboration, tools for remedial assistance and for advanced exploration of the topic, etc. Much of this is available now. Of course, a student must be motivated and disciplined, and if not, perhaps a traditional classroom course might be better. However, even those students lacking the drive, may have their interest piqued by the array of online options, which can include different teaching approaches for different learning styles along with a spectrum of paces for course completion. Advanced learners can move faster through the subject matter, to reduce the chance of boredom and slower learners can move more slowly and have difficult subject areas explained in a variety of formats. Online courses such as this offer a more customized and individualized course of study and students may also benefit from the lack of distraction often found in the standard classroom experience.
Online education, especially for classes that do not require hands-on work, is a great way of learning for those who simply do not have the time or resources to go to an actual university campus or will feel awkward going back to school. I will be taking some online courses in addition to university this September.
Once you have a diploma where you received it, so long as it is an accredited school is irrelevant . The ability to get a degree on line has allowed for more opportunities as some people are unable to attend a traditional school due to transportation issues. Time involved in traveling has also been eliminated by the ability to attend from home.
Online education has become a vital part of education in the modern world. This is partially due to the fact that we have become so busy. Online education creates possibility of acquiring an education when there is no time to travel to a brick and mortar school. This is a great option as long as what is presented in the online classroom is as up to date as the brick and mortar version of school. Likewise, for me, with the learning challenge, ADD, online school is much better because it fits within my learning style.
I make this statement because it is up to us as students to take ownership of our education. Yes, there are probably some online courses that are not effective, however I am quite sure there are some on-campus schools that are just as ineffective. I believe there are pros and cons with both.
You have to be driven to receive and education online more so than in a "traditional" setting. If anything, you know someone coming from an online school has potential, is motivated, and is a driven person. Yes there are ways to cheat, there are ways to cheat at anything. You have to have enough self respect to not do so.
As with anything that requires learning all of the tools can be put into place but unless the individual puts forth the effort to utilize them then they are wasted. I am a non-traditional student and have spent time in traditional classrooms and have taken online classes. For me, online learning provided more benefits and I had a better learning experience. While there are online classes that are truly a waste of time there are also traditional classes that fall under the same rule. I transferred from a traditional campus to an online degree after being encouraged to do so by my employer. My online experience is far superior to the traditional classroom. Having to get to class and listen to lectures whether I feel good or not was not always the best time for me to learn. Online provides me with the flexibility I need and I like to be able to "attend" class when I am mentally prepared to do so. Online classes are not easy. They require self-discipline and being very active in the online classroom. For me I learn by hearing by having the lectures recorded I can listen to them multiple times which has proven to be very beneficial. Online schooling isn't for everyone but for me it is the best of the two learning environments.
I believe an online classroom is just as effective as a traditional classroom. I have been in both of them. Honestly, they are about the same. Many people think you are lazy because you choose an online class. Which is not true. You put in the same amount of work as you would a traditional school. You can earn the same kind of degree in both schools. Online classrooms are more flexible to your schedule especially having to work full time and raising a family.
I have taken classes in a brick and mortar classroom and received a degree. Now that I am older and have a family, a job and a busy lifestyle, I can't spend the time inside a regular classroom to achieve a higher degree. If the degree doesn't call for clinical interaction, online schooling is beneficial to all that wants it to work! With everyone being "online" for one reason or another, why not be learning at the same time. I had my son homeschooled with an online school and he scored better while at home than he did while in the classroom. Then, I put him back into a classroom for high school and he excelled beyond belief! Again, online schooling works for anyone who wants it to work for them!
Different people have different learning styles. I have experienced both versions of the education system (Foundation Diploma - College on campus & BA Degree in Graphic Design & Marketing - Online) and they are both very different courses. I'd actually say that the online course is harder, as it down to yourself to organize your own time and level of engagement. I do prefer the one-to-one engagement of a on-site course, and would choose that if I had the choice. But, considering the cost of degree level courses and lack of post-graduate jobs at the moment - make up your own mind. I study online because I can gain real wok experience within my field (work full-time as an assistant designer) as well as study for a formal qualification in my own time (part-time course). Time management is very difficult, but that's my choice.
I have attended both on campus and online college, with that being said, I not only enjoy my online classes better, but I learn so much more than in an actual classroom; this could be that I get bored easily or that teachers on campus did not elaborate the assignment details versus the detailed instructions my online instructors have always give. I think those who have not done both online and campus schooling are just being judgmental, simply because they have never been a student online and on campus. Those who "down, or laugh" at those who choose online learning need to take a look around and realize that regardless where your education comes from at least your doing it! I have learned more online in the past two years than I could have ever dreamed of on campus, this is coming from someone with several years of college under her belt; I am about to graduate after almost 8 years of schooling( I will be a Doctor Of Psychology) and so far I have not been laughed out of a room as some who disagree with online effectiveness, and I definitely have NEVER been denied a job due to "lack of education". I suggest that anyone interested in online education: go for it, it isn't like you have anything to loose!
Online&On-campus student with my BA & Masters in Psychology!
Online education is just as effective as a walk in classroom. We learn the same items just at a different pace. A pace that is set up for a person who runs a family, work, everyday obligations. I for one cannot attend walk in classes because of my work schedule and I cannot quit work to attend walk in classes since I have a family who need me and my income.
The online education is very effective when you have a lot of responsibilities. The program allows you to schedule your class and study time around your work and family. You can be flexible with you time with any other commitment and events .also, you can be Mobil and chose your place to study.With a lap top you can study almost any place and pick the type of surrounding most of the time. You can go to class on the beach or at cabin in the mountains. Sometimes I am on location and need to go to class in my car. The online program is most effective for the very busy and active people.
As someone who has experienced both online and traditional classes, they are both effective in their own way; however, with all of the technological advancements of this generation, it's only a matter of time before most of the work is to be submitted online. Internet is the way of the future. When attending classes on campus, their are many elements that are likened to an online community. Most instructors require that the student do their coursework online, submit their assignment to turnitin.com, and utilize webinars. Although some may argue that one cannot absorb as much information when attending class via the internet it is a fallacy, because it depends on the learning style that is most conducive to the individual. There is no "right" way to learn, so that is why there are options. Another concern some people may have, is the reputability of an online education. These worries are unprecedented due the fact that most lucrative universities around the world offer online classes. When graduating from a university that is widely known, the bachelor's is recognized regardless of the type of classes taken.
Of course it is considered to be the "popular" or "normal" decision to attend traditional on-campus schooling. A lot of individuals choose this route and while there are many pros associated with it, it required a strict schedule. So what about individuals who have children, full-time non-flexible jobs, or simply are not cut out for the traditional route? I fall within this category and online schooling has been MUCH easier for me. I can complete my assignments on my own schedule, work at my own pace, and still have the support and guidance available to me. The education is the same. The environment is the only difference. The accusations that individuals who receive their education online will be less likely to find good jobs are false. The only reason why an individual may have trouble finding a position after they graduate is if their degree does not accompany a career that is in high demand. The availability of jobs is a dilemma that does not discriminate against online education versus traditional education. My opinion is that individuals must weigh their options and make the decision that works best for them. So what if your decision is not the "popular" or "normal" one. Make the decision that will better assist you in succeeding and completing your degree program.
I have been home schooled all my life and I love it! I have lots of friends who are both home schooled and not home schooled. I think that people just have stereotype that home schooled people have nerdy glasses and avoid social gatherings because they are afraid that their minds will explode with the pressure of talking to people. This is not true.
Sure not all people who are home schooled or educated online are super smart, and they don't talk to people as they pass through a school hall. But we have friends and we don't have to go to school with people who have sex and drugs to do it.
Most people who do online education actually go on to better colleges and universities and are more prepared for college. It allows us to do school whenever we want and where ever we want.
I am an online high school student; I attend Weber state university part time along with my high school classes, I am part of the National honors society, I am an A student, and will most likely have my associates degree by the time I am 19. I do all this because my online school has provided me with more options then my local high school can. I have done part time traditional schooling for a year and I hated it; everyone treated me badly and I could never figure out when I was supposed to be in class because the school had weird schedules.
I don't think that either way of schooling is wrong, but I think online schooling is better.
With me being a stay at home mom, I am able to get my degree while raising my family. School works around my schedule and yes we still have deadlines, but I am doing better doing online courses with having straight A's then I ever have being in a classroom. Plus, they send me all the books I need for my classes and they provided me with my very own laptop that I get to keep once I graduate.
I graduated high school and college under the traditional mode of education. I am not a shy person; in fact, I am an extrovert. However, all I could remember doing was listening to boring lectures and got nothing out of those professors or teachers standing or sitting their butts in front of the classrooms. All of my learning came when I got home with my textbooks opened while doing the homework exercises on my own. Those professors time would be better used for grading and critique assignments and papers. However, I do feel that online education and degrees should only be offered at the higher education level beyond K-12. By the way, I am pursuing an online master's degree. It requires a lot of work and writing skills. In addition, you have to be disciplined and self-motivated to succeed online.
An online course is such that a student has total control of his subjects, can time the classes according to his schedule, complete assignments or sit for exams according to his convenience. Students are taught online by only highly experienced and extremely proficient faculty. Students raise their questions and get their problems solved immediately through chatbox or email. There is healthy discussion among batchmates in every server thus creating healthy work relationships and encourages peer group learning.
I think online education is very effective, and as effective, if not more, than on-campus schooling. Online education allows the student to learn in a comfortable environment, and without the distractions of other students. We can only learn so much, so going to a classroom is not going to help our learning any more, just because we are in a room with a teacher.
So long as the online program covers the subject well, it's all up to the
user to get a good education out of it. Be it homeschooling or college courses, applying oneself, without the distractions of a class and the hassle of a commute, can actually be better.
I took two online classes: World Geography and Spanish. I don't know where Greece is, and cannot count to 40 in Spanish, much less make multiple sentences. It is ridiculous the amount of information one can miss from online learning. After completing the online classes, with A+s might I add, I have had much more trouble than I should have with anything that had to do with Spanish or World Geography.
I have taken both online courses and real-life ones, unlike most people on this thread. There is so much potential for distraction and cheating (open a new browser window...). I am at a top university in the US and never cheat, but I still feel as though I can understand the desire to. One is too distracted, and in a classroom setting you're forced to stay (rather than get up, as you can easily do with a computer and no supervision) and work and participate.
Students that use the computer for a school might not want to learn that day and might take time off the computer. They are able to ditch much more than they are able at real school. Another thing is that not all students have access to a computer a home.
if you want to see your child have a lonely life with no friends at all not even a teacher than something is wrong with you. your child won't have a social life and he/she wont take education seriously. yes traditional schools. boo online education. even traditional schools give you all the books to keep so i don't get it.
It all depends on your learning technique and ability to retain and comprehend the information that is provided for each assignment. I. for one, comprehend while in a classroom setting because my focus is not on things that are around me, but my lesson. I have a family, a husband and two teenagers that really need my attention when I am at home. If I was taking an online class, my focus would be on others things like making sure the kids complete their homework, doing the laundry, cooking, making sure that the house is nice and clean, tending to my husband, grocery shopping, and I can gone on. When I am at school, I am able to tune out all of my other task and focus on my lesson. I usually complete my homework assignments while at school so that I do not have to neglect my family's quality time. Besides, they need me and I need them!
I work Full time graveyard (10pm-8am) Monday-Thursday, I go to the gym from 8:45am-9:45am, and commute to school (35min) everyday. I also work for the school 10 hours per week. Yet I have no problem making it to campus everyday. I am tired of hearing lazy a** people talk about how they don't have the time. Its called get the hell up off your lazy a** and go. I sit in a classroom and learn from a PROFESSIONAL teacher. I know people who did the online thing and all of their assignments were group projects. Their "Learning" was to just read out of a book that the teacher assigned. At a real campus, if you miss a day, then you miss out on crucial information. With Online degrees, there is no missing class. Which is exactly why online degrees were made for lazy people. Are degrading America. It is pathetic.
Whilst I'm online, I find myself getting distracted from the work I'm supposed to be doing (by taking part in online debates over it's effectiveness). Albeit anecdotal evidence and we can bang on about statistics all day, the bottom line is that online learning may be effective in some cases, but it's too accessible to distraction and has a long way to go to catch up with the tried and tested 'classroom' setting.
Traditional classroom settings provided the important social interaction between instructors and students. There is immediate feedback for problems and questions you may about material that is hard to understand. On a campus you have access to many help facilities, like writing centers, student service centers, library, and many nice instructors all eager to help you succeed.
From my own experience, I have been more involved, stay more interested, and understand more information from being in a classroom setting rather than online courses. I like to see and experience examples and scenarios, that help me to understand concepts. I also like to ask questions and get immediate responses. I also like being in a classroom where other students can ask questions about something that I may have missed. In addition, I like to be in a classroom because the setting is typically ideal for concentrating and learning, and materials are usually available to aid in the learning process. At home, there is a limit on study materials that may be available, and there are many distractions (TV, kids, family demands, unexpected guests....)
I've always been more of a hands-on learner, so I never liked the idea of an online class. First, let me give you some background. I am a straight A student. I wasn't always a straight A student because in high school, I never bothered to do more than what it took to pass. Now, ten years after graduation, I care about my education. I work hard at learning the material and doing the best that I can. I always go to the professors for any kind of clarification. I finally got enrolled in an online course at my college, and found out online classes are worse than I thought. I feel so lost because there are far too many documents, far too many links to click for reading, posting, and commenting, and far too many mini assignments to keep track of. I am very organized, and I'm struggling with keeping it all straight. How would someone else do who is hardly organized at all?
But that is not the only complaint. I had to take a math class where both the professor and online had assignments. I learned far more from the professor because I received individualized feedback rather than a cut and paste answer that didn't even help. When I didn't use the right letter in my answer, it was marked wrong, even though the answer itself was right. My professor could show me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it. I learn math in patterns. If something changes in the pattern, I get confused, don't know what to do, and I end up doing it wrong. The professor showed me how to tell the difference in patterns. The computer left me floundering with math jargon I didn't understand as my only means if figuring out problems. As if you couldn't tell, it wasn't enough.
Overall, I haven't had many experiences with online learning, but my experiences have been awful. I prefer having face to face access to the professor because having only emails to communicate makes me feel disconnected. I definitely don't feel like I learn even half as much from online classes as I do from traditional schooling.
Online instructors often do not have the credentials or experience of faculty who are hired to teach in-person. In online courses and schools, there are often there are very few to no opportunities to work on applied activities with experts (e.g. research). In my experience, online courses allow individuals to almost entirely ignore conflicting perspectives. In-person learning, requiring both oral discussion or debate and writing, will always require more diversity in problem solving and perspective-taking skills than an online course that requires only writing. However, I believe exposure to conflicting perspectives is one of the most important aspects to education; it promotes adaptive, critical-thinking and open-mindedness. The lesser one is encouraged to be open-minded, the more they'll struggle to learn how to see problems and issues from new perspectives, and provide novel solutions. Education is not only about regurgitation of facts, it's about learning to think critically and creatively. In-person courses are superior at that, even though I think also that in-person courses are weaker at promoting this than they should be.
As an educator, I feel that there is no equivalent to the kinetic learning that happens live in the classroom. My students learn both from me and from each other. I think that allowing my students to see me as a real person, complete with my tendency to stammer and wave my arms when I get excited about a discussion, makes them more excited and interested in learning from me. Online discussions can never have the same feeling of connection as one has when you talk to another person in class, and in my mind, that connection is a central part of learning.
Education is more than reading books and doing problem sets. It's about enjoying the classroom experience, the questions and the debates.
Online education may be helpful to people in certain situations but it is not as effective as on-campus learning. On campus learning has many benefits that can not be gained online. Teacher-student interaction as well as student-student interaction plays an important part in the learning process. Learning online can cause students to be detached and may hinder the learning process.
Reading is only a tool. So are videos, and so is the internet. As the great scientist Dr. Richard Feynman of cal tech observed "to educate is to explore." Education is a multi-faceted affair! Education begs for perspective, mentorship, coaching. It involves nuances rarely gleaned just from pages of a text and answering some cliché questions. Education is about observing and exchanges and passion!. Education needs context. Yes, Google makes searches more efficient! True. And many technical fields can make a greater use of the internet (how to do this, that or the other). However, beyond mostly a technical vocational platform for adults already practicing in certain fields online education is a non starter. And certainly not suited for high school and college age students as a sole source of furthering ones education. I am specially afraid of the hordes of youth who are using this method to complete things that are an art and a science i.e. driver education etc. And many such courses with a need for an eyeball to eyeball heartfelt discourse.
There are two enormous problems with online education. The first is accountability. There is no way of ascertaining that the student is actually submitting their own work, and there is no way of making accountability personalized or customized. Second, face-to-face classrooms are a community of discourse, particularly in upper level courses. This community is lacking or deficient online.
Of course we cannot compare online education with traditional schooling. Online education is a useful tool that everyone should learn how to use, but it can by no means replace or be compared in terms of effectiveness with teacher and the elements of traditional schooling in general. By saying this I do not underestimate its value and the necessity of its use in the classroom.
In theory, online classes eliminates a required amount of time to comply with traditional classrooms. However, students will lose the individual expediency of a classroom. With the aggressive route that technology is taking today, it seems inevitable that online courses will become a substantial standard. Currently, schools all over the world are discussing the pros and cons of online classes. While I do not think online classes are for me, I would not want to take the opportunity from someone who could benefit from online education. JB
In my opinion that would be setting future generations up for failure. Yes, the most common and basic argument "learning in a comfortable environment away from distraction etc etc etc..." has its valid points, however does not in any way promote the growth and bettering of society and the community. Allowing another (whether it be a child or an adult) to work only under their proposed circumstances is cutting them off to a confined limit and negating any potential. In reality, there will always be distractions. Telling people that it is ok to work under their potential, stunts the growth of intellectual aspiration. People will never understand what they are capable of if they adhere to working inside their comfort zones. Which is why working in the comforts and assurance of online education is not as effective as being proactive in the real world.
Online teaching is great as a supplemental tool. However, as long organizations still value face to face communication skills like presentations etc then the online classroom cannot be compared to the traditional one. An online classroom is not a great teaching tool for most of society because it hardly mirrors the reality of the workplace.
Online education is a great option for many, and it allows people who otherwise would not be able to attend a brick and mortar institution an opportunity to take classes and receive degrees. It also tends to be a more cost-effective option for pursuing higher education. While this is an acceptable alternative, it is not as effective, nor is it as comprehensive an education, than what you would receive through traditional on-campus, in-person schooling. Part of attending school is about developing social skills and learning norms and traditions of our culture, not to mention, learning from the differences of the other students that you will encounter in school. This is greatly lessened in online education and will result in a less socially developed population, if this method overtakes traditional schools. One major part of being successful in life is socialization. While the book learning from online education might technically be almost comparable to traditional schooling, that is all that comes close. The absence of in-person student interaction and student-to-teacher interaction makes the difference between the types of schooling quite significant.
With an online education, it's even easier to cheat or let somebody else do your work for you, as the teacher could not physically see you. In addition, the teacher does not have any control when you are listening to music, playing games or talking on the phone while reading or listening to an online lecture.
Students who wish to learn something may have much to gain through the internet, but only using online education can be a deterrence. Students need teachers telling them what to do in real-time. They need people to demonstrate what to do, they need fellow students to interact with in person. School is a way for people to get out to experience the world, and being shut in a tight space in front of your computer all the time means you never have that true bond with your professor and fellow classmates than you had before.
I had experience in on-campus-schooling as well as online education. I found lots of difficulties in clearing doubts about subject and if you want to clarify or notify something about subject its quite difficult.
In on-campus schooling you will be in direct contact with professors, libraries, laboratories and also you will also have lots of people who can clear your doubts. In online education, I think these things aren't possible. So, I support on-campus education.
Learning a subject online, rather than in a classroom, is a poor method. Reading material alone, without the chance to ask questions and hear different interpretations of the material, will yield a shallow understanding of the subject. Students need the human interaction part of classroom learning. They need an expert, live and in person, to instruct them on their subject.
Also, with online classes there is often a delay in the time a question is asked (usually via email) and the response given. This interrupts the flow of learning and takes more time.
I would not call that education, however. Online instructeaching have experience to teach in-person. In online courses and schools, there are few opportunities to talk one on one with a teacher for extra help. In-person learning, requiring both oral discussion or debate and writing, will always require more diversity in problem solving and perspective-taking skills than an online course that requires only writing. However, I believe exposure to conflicting perspectives is one of the most important aspects to education; it promotes adaptive, critical-thinking and open-mindedness. The lesser one is encouraged to be open-minded, the more they'll struggle to learn how to see problems and issues from new perspectives, and provide novel solutions. Education is not only about regurgitation of facts, it's about learning to think critically and creatively.
What values do children get online? None. Children need to go out in the world and learn instead of sitting behind a computer screen. They need to interact with teachers and students that will shape their lives, and you don't get that experience online, I would never EVER have my child complete online education. It is the most ridiculous thing and really takes away from a good school experience.
Continuing education and vocational studies are good targets for online education. Children benefit from the social development and structure of an on-campus experience. Access to other resources and activities like performing arts (tough to do over the internet), sports, lunch with friends, and a breadth of adult teachers, administrators, and support staff, are all valuable to growth.
Online classes teach a basic course. When you interact with other students you gain knowledge that is not in any textbook. Other students become part of the learning process. You have to be self motivated if you are going to sit in front of a computer for a class, and that must be boring. I guess if you are going to major in something where you will not have any human contact, then go for the computer class. However, if you have a group of students you connect with you will feel part of a social group that is exploring a new subject together. I would always recommend taking courses in the classroom. Education is not only knowledge gained from the Professor but from what you learn from students and their experiences.
The in person learning is beneficial to more than just the individual. It benefits the entire system. Students can learn best from each others' view points, from the teachers view points, the teacher becomes better, better teachers make better educators, and better educators make a better system. Why only help one when you can help them all?
We need some research on this to support our argument. Hopefully this is anonymous because I am an educator at a health care university. I teach online and face-to-face. The graduates are not the same! Sure, there are some conveniences, AND some students CAN do it, but most do not put forth the same effort. Do you want someone who only took online classes as your health care provider?
Online courses should not be allowed to be taken full-time because there would be no sports teams, proms, bands, etc. Kids will become socially awkward, especially if they begin in kindergarten. Online courses are no more effective than face to face intuition, and the cheaper costs indicate short-cutting of quality education. I do think that you should have the option to take a few online courses, but should be required to go to normal school, with the exception of some people.
As a student that has taken online course I have found that you can just Google search the questions on quizzes or worksheets and find the answers. This does not show that you learned or that you are able to to do any critical thinking or other skills that are supposed to be taught in the classroom. This not only uses funds for these online classes, student learn less and every other fellow student I've asked about this topic has told be they haven't learned anything.
I have done both types of classes and it is to easy to just do what is required online without actually learning the material. You are at your home with your books and computers at your fingertips to look up answers you don't need to learn it. In a classroom setting you are accountable to actually learn the material that you are tested on.
When students start to realize that they don't have to go to school or wake up at a certain time, then they start sleeping in and not going to their online school at all. They may stop doing anything that involves school work, which causes them to be even more lazy. At worst, they may stop going to school altogether.
An online class I enrolled in had 150 minute lectures three times per week. It was video of the professor teaching the class 3 years ago. Grades were not explained. Emails and phone calls not returned. Biggest waste of time and money ever. I'm a very dedicated student and online class was the worst. It was a poor program with zero communication or explanation.
In my opinion, students should study in college instead online in front of the computer. Because teachers have enough experience and knowledge from univercity, they usually choose the most interesting methods in their lectures. Also, they have ability to make engoyable lesssons through different activities such as group work or projects.When making interesting lecture, teacher transmits the knowledge to the his or her students. Moreover, students have opportunity to be active participants in an education process, and they might share his or her personal opinion with their teacher and classmates.
Are you kidding me? You might as well work your way up from a mcjob. Its easier and more effective to go get yourself a minimum wage job and work up to a supervisor level than to go to an online school. Companies only consider your little online degree if you prove yourself with work experience anyways. So your online degree is worthless. I find it laughable when people go to job interviews and get angry when they get denied because of the lack of education. You are laughed out of the room. you cannot go through some online schooling that focuses on some main points, skips a well rounded education, skips things like calculus and stats (which you do need), and think people will hire your anyways. I can tell you I've had to work hard and study calc and stats and I now see how it all fits in. By just seeing how aggressive online schools market themselves and go after people just shows how useless they are.
It's better going to school because alot of students learn better with hands on and learn by seeing what the teacher is doing. When your being home schooled you don't interact with other students and have a social life. Being in school is better than being home schooled. When you go to schoool you learn alot more each day being in class than staying at home being on the computer all day in your pajamas doing nothing but being by your self and having no time being with others and getting the help you may need if your struggleing on something you dont understand. Some people teach different and thats the only way your going to know what kind of grades you will get.
There's no real interaction with the teacher or your classmates; trying to clear doubts online with a professor you've never seen is extremely frustrating. There is obviously no meaningful learning through this "teaching" method. I don't even know why one should pay for online education, it is a fruitless investment. I am a very irritated university student who is taking two online courses at the moment... I even dare to say that online education shouldn't be legal.
I have my Doctorate in Education, have worked in schools for many years, and am deeply familiar with learning theory, and seen it in practice. It saddens me when families go this route for their students during the Middle and High School years. They are greatly diminishing a key aspect of brain development and giving their child a holistic and comprehensive education. 1) Learning is so much for then content knowledge (the old transmission model of education is out of date and has changed) 2) The majority of learning that is critical at this time is constructing knowledge through deeper understanding, which requires taking multiple perspectives through, dialogue, hands-on learning, and application - a far cry from online learning. 3) This is the time students are individuating and their pre-front cortex is going through the most development it ever goes through - what's important - learning to navigate social situations, exploring deeper and more abstract concepts, getting outside their comfort zone, applying knowledge - none of these things happen in online learning. Can you learn - sure. Are you learning what you will need in life and to your fullest potential - Absolutely not. This is a crucial time of brain and social development and a time to learn from peer interaction and dialogue. A missed opportunity with lifelong implications.
In my opinion, there are many ways that an individual can learn, and learning from a computer screen doesn’t necessarily cover all bases. For example: When learning a new language, agreed that its all in favor of one’s ability to development a new language; however its easier to learn new material when one is younger, but it also requires the one-on-one support from an instructor to processed proper grammar skills, oral fluency, and comprehensive skills to master the language. Without one being informed of the ‘right way’, how can we expect to go about based on what one considers the “correct way”? With that said, I believe that on-campus learning truly makes a difference.