Pros and cons of taking online education classes

Colleges have been making adults’ lives easier by offering a different way to pursue a higher education where they don’t have to quit their jobs: an online education. As more companies are demanding their employees have a college diploma, an online qualification represents knowledge and it shows that people have a better understanding of the world and are willing to learn.

Adults can take classes for free courtesy of their employers, they don’t have to pay the high tuition and fill out the long applications for student loans.

The advantage to earning a degree online is that it’s convenient and people can study without ever stepping foot inside a classroom. It’s flexible enough so adults can choose their own hours to complete their coursework at their own pace. They can study while riding a public bus, on vacation via a laptop and read a text book while sitting on the beach, a park bench or in the backyard. The assignments can be done any time of the day and it gives people the opportunity to complete their schoolwork in their pajamas.

Taking online classes helps people save money on gas, meals and babysitters. Students don’t have to worry about dorms, athletic fees, activities fees or lab fees, and they don’t have to worry about where to park the car or apply for a parking pass.

Online courses usually run in a shorter duration than the regular on campus courses and students are able finish earlier than their other peers. Taking online courses can also help build self – esteem in people and it also encourages them to take responsibility in their own studies and encourages them to believe that they can do just about anything.  

The disadvantage is that students are away from the comfort of the college campus. It becomes more difficult for people to contact the professor during off peak hours and the only source of communication is through email. In a regular classroom environment they would receive in person assistance with the professor or try to sign up for a tutor, but online courses don’t offer any special support and it will take time to receive any correspondence from the professor.  

There are people who would prefer to listen to an in-class lecture than read several pages of texts. The idea of accessing texts from websites might throw some students off course; they will print the material, but decide to read it either later or tomorrow. The texts would eventually wind up in a draw or piled up with a bunch of magazines or monthly bills.

Unlike traditional on campus education that consists of hard work and effort, an online education needs avid attention where all email and messages have to be checked on a daily basis because one email could be an important memo from the professor or regular comments on returned assignments. New assignments arrive each week and they must be completed right away before a posted deadline, student must upload their work on the college’s website then send it electronically for grading.