I am two classes away from getting my Associates in Business Management from a local college. Being 40 years old, I didn't think I would ever be able to get an education beyond the GED I received while in Basic Training for the Army.
With my work schedule, bills and other obligations, I would never have been able to attend classes at the school in a classroom. Instead, I do all of my classes online. The only time I ever set foot in the school itself was when I registered.
For those who have never done this, the way it works, at least with my classes, is you are given access to a special website for the school. Within this website are downloads for the text book in PDF format and you are given a schedule of when assignments are due. Along side this are forums in which you answer questions posted by the instructor and respond to other students' answers. In this way you can interact with your classmates and ask questions.
Expectations are given for a certain amount of posts in the forums to earn full points each week and the instructor grades your assignments separately in an area not accessible by other students. Each course is 9 weeks and once completed you are given the appropriate credits.
What do you think of online classes? For me it gives me the ability to work on my assignments when it is convenient for me, I don't have to worry about keeping up with books and have the flexibility I need for my work obligations. However, I wonder at times if I am getting the same education that I would if I was at a classroom in a school environment.
Answer by SMGBobbyScott · Jun 14, 2010 at 08:01 PM
There is simply no substitute for the interaction between students that can only happen in a traditional college. The sharing of ideas, challenging assumptions and refining errant ways of thinking, and pushing the envelop beyond the "basic curriculum" is a part of what happens between classes that simply cannot be replicated online. Now don't get me wrong, online education does have its advantages...for many courses that can be standardized, the ability to get the cost down and create value simply can't be beat. However, higher level courses at least given the level of technology readily available to most will not be at the level of quality of a normal university setting in the near future.
As a person who hires people with higher level degrees, the rule is simple...if they have experience in the arena and use the online degree to round out their resume, then fine. If I have two applicants that are essentially equal and one has an online degree and the other is a brick and mortar institution...brick and mortar wins hands down!
Answer by Ashley · May 18 at 09:12 AM
Ashley: I agree with all your points the online education is good for the children. Instead of rushing for miles to attend a public school, one can attend the online school at their own pace and from their own place and also have flexibility in timings to listen the classes through online environment, The children having career in others like sports the online education is very important with which they can continue in the career and also can get the education simultaneously. My kid is a sports champion but worried of attending the public school because of the busy schedule and timings doesn’t suit him, I have home schooled him from the last 4 years in Forest Trail Academy . Now he is happy with the career and also earning his high school diploma 2 years. He is also able to manage the timings because the online education has given a feasibility in learning.
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