Quite often life gets in the way of routine daily schedules, and making a commitment to an on campus education becomes extremely difficult for many working, parenting, and caregiver adults. Unseen demands on a person’s day may in turn reduce the time normally allocated for travel to a campus, and being tardy for a class can affect the grades. It is said that if there is a gray area between a students two grades, such as an A- to a B+, that the character of the student then comes into play. If the student is tardy for class then the instructor’s decision will be to select the lower grade option for that student. The face to face advantage of a traditional on campus education may be appropriate based on the individual adult students learning abilities, and the psychological need for social interaction of their adult peers. However, around the world online courses are being administered by accredited colleges to distant places such as: the military bases in Afghanistan, remote villages via satellite in Alaska, and even to Samoa adults via undersea fiber optic cables. On campus education is likely to be on the decline, and giving way to the advantages of online learning.
Primary and secondary school systems at all grade levels in the United Stares are beginning to embrace online learning in the traditional classroom. The availability of college classes while students are still in their final high school years is also becoming widespread. College prep classes have actually given way to real accredited college courses being available for approved students, while still seated at the high school level. The learning process that used expensive hard bound books is rapidly fading into the past and being replaced by a DVD, or data stream of information. Course content for various curriculums is now kept current with an easy amendment, revision, or update to the online database. With this in mind, the future of adult education is clearly with the online campus approach. The online approach is being nurtured in primary schools and will be expected by these adults in the future.
All major universities and colleges in the United States have online programs. To determine which college to select depends on what curriculum the individual wishes, and there is much to consider regarding budgetary issues. The costs vary greatly depending on the academic institution. The same course description may be provided at two different universities with significantly different pricing. If there is uncertainty regarding the best direction to take in the pursuit of education, there are numerous online tests that can help focus an adult towards the best options. The options are generally based on acquired skills, personality, and inner abilities.
Signing up for online classes is easy. Most universities and colleges have videos online to familiarize students on what to expect with online learning. Student grades are posted quickly, messages from instructors are easily retrieved, and real time communication allows for active participation in webinars.