Online Education

Online education, also referred to as distance learning involves taking courses over the
internet as opposed to in the classroom setting. Online education has become more popular in
recent years. This popularity is largely due to the flexibility and convenience that an online
educational experience provides. Online education provides an opportunity to take classes
from the convenience of home. In addition, online education provides more flexibility by
allowing students to work at their own pace without the confines of a strict class schedule.
Online classes tend to be more beneficial for students who work full-time and have additional
family responsibilities. Online course assignments can be completed at work (don’t tell my
boss), home, or anywhere you can carry your laptop. This form of learning makes it ideal for
students on the go.
In addition to flexibly and convenience, online courses can also be more cost effective. Classes
are taken online so there is no need to drive to class. This saves gas as well as additional wear
and tear on your vehicle. Each school is different so you may be required to take certain tests
in person at “proctor” sites. These sites are approved by the university and work directly with
the school to ensure that students are taking tests as instructed (i.e., no books, notes, etc).
Online schools are also ideal for students in the military or have jobs that require frequent
travel. Courses can be taken from anywhere in the world. When I was at Troy University, I took
classes with students in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. It was really interesting to interact with
students from all over the country. I have listed a few pros and cons of online education and
the traditional campus
Advantages of Online Education
1. More flexibility for students who work full-time
2. The ability to complete assignments at times when it is most convenient
3. The ability to obtain a degree from a school in another state without moving
4. This form of education is ideal for military students
5. Less Travel

Disadvantages of Online Education
1. Less direct contact with students and professors
2. Limited opportunities for student and campus activities

Traditional classes may also be a better fit for students with limited resources and limited computer access. and shops. clinics. Students who value the campus experience may also find the traditional campus atmosphere more desirable than just an online experience. Education on campus is also needed in professions that specifically require “hands on” training in laboratories. Ventilation. For the more “mature” student. If you’re living on campus. Younger students who are attending college for the first time could benefit from the traditional learning environment. Although this is not always the case. The classroom setting is also the most appropriate setting for technical or trade schools. There are more opportunities to engage in student activities such as fraternities/sororities as well as concerts and sporting events that typically occur on campus. Air Conditioning Technician (HVAC) Welder/ Machinist Nursing/ Medical Professions . These schools consist of but are not limited to the following areas of study: Automobile Mechanic/Technician Computer Science/ Engineering Heating.3. This option may also be better if the student is returning to school for the first time in many years. the traditional educational setting in the classroom may be a more comfortable fit. older students tend to be a little less tech savvy and might prefer a more traditional setting. Subject to “technical difficulties” and software crashes Traditional Education The traditional college experience consists of attending classes in person on a campus. it only makes sense to take classes on campus. Younger students may need more guidance and more direct contact with professors and academic advisors.

More suitable for hands on training Disadvantages of Traditional Education 1. students.Chef/ Food Service Advantages of Traditional Education 1. More travel to and from class . and advisors 2. Less cost effective 3. More access to campus activities 3. Direct contact with teachers. Less flexibility in class scheduling 2.

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