Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education for Graduate Study

Posted by admin on December 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm.

Online education is more common than ever. In fact many educators and policy makers view online education as the wave of the future.

  • Accessibility: Attend online classes from anywhere.
  • Flexiblity: Work when it make sense for you – at night, morning, wee-hours. You’re not tied to a class schedule (usually)
  • Interpersonal Breadth: Your peers will include students all over the country and even the world. My online students have included military personnel working overseas as well as adults in many countries.
  • Cost: An online education does not require that you relocate to a new place or that you forgo full time work.
  • Documentation: Documents, transcripts, live discussions and training materials are all archived and recorded so that they can be retrieved via mail, e-mail or the school’s website for reading, downloading, and printing.
  • Access: Instructors are also available, respond quickly through email, and generally are prepared to work with diverse students with a range of lifestyles and needs.

Disadvantages of Online Education:

  • Employment: You may find that you have to discuss the validity of your degree. Information about the school’s accreditation and, if needed, copies of syllabi and sample assignments will convince employers.
  • Communications: Most of your communication will be through email. You might miss the sound of an instructor or peer’s voice.
  • Courses: Not all courses of study are easily available online. If you’re interested in a more unusual field, you may have difficulty finding a source for online education.

On my personal opinion, I think it’s much better to learn in school with people you could really talk to personally (classmate, school teachers, etc.) than learning stuff thru online.

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