The Pros & Cons of Online Education
Posted Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 by
Getting a college degree online is an increasingly popular option, especially for working people. An online education can be very attractive to someone who is already employed full time or has family responsibilities, and yet wants the rewards a college degree can bring.
Of course, getting a degree online isn’t for everyone. Online education has its positives—and its negatives.
Here are some important issues to consider before deciding to invest in an online education:
* Time Commitment. One of the primary attractions of an online education is that it allows you to pursue your degree on your own schedule and at your own pace. In fact, going online may be the only way people with 40-hour-a-week jobs or young children at home can get a higher education. But while online learning offers greater flexibility than brick-and-mortar colleges and universities, there is still a time commitment of several hours a day, both for Internet-based activities and off-line reading, writing and research. Some sacrifice will still be required—but at least you’ll have more choices in where those sacrifices are made.
* Course Materials. Another advantage of online learning is that course materials are usually provided digitally. There’s no need to invest in expensive hardbound books. But because materials are digital, you have to make a special effort to make sure they’re properly organized and filed. And some people are not all that comfortable reading everything off a computer screen. If this is your situation, be prepared to spend time and money using your printer to convert digital text to easier-to-handle hard copy.
* Social Interaction. One benefit of traditional education is that it allows you to meet new people, make new friends and often establish contacts with like-minded people who can be part of your professional “network” for years to come. While online learning still has a social component—many courses include virtual discussion groups and you often get to interact directly with your teachers—the experience is rarely as personal as face-to-face contact.
* Cost. Although there are no physical facilities involved with online learning, the cost of pursuing a degree online can be comparable to taking a similar program at a traditional private institution. Fortunately, in most situations, financing is available for those who qualify.
* Accreditation and credit transfers. Before committing to any educational program, be it online or off-line, make sure that the school is properly accredited and that any credits you earn can be transferred to other accredited institutions. If you are pursuing an online degree to further your professional career, it’s particularly important that you choose a school recognized for its quality education.
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