With the advancement in technology and increased use of the internet, online education has gained significant acceptance and popularity, all over the world. With more and more degrees being offered online, traditional institutes are now facing a number of challenges. All of this has resulted in a serious competition between online and traditional educational programs, with the merits along with the demerits of both the modes of study being measured. A detailed and well-researched analysis was strongly required to find the right answer to the question “Is the trend of online education worth this increased popularity and global acceptance?”
And so, the United States Department of Education took the responsibility of coming up with a result regarding this hot issue. What the 12-year study proved was a shock to a number of people who questioned the recognition of online educational degrees and credentials. According to the study, online degrees offered on the basis of online tutorials and examinations are in a way more successful as compared to the traditional degrees accomplished after following face-to-face tuition. Online educational techniques are not only flexible and interactive but at the same time interesting as well (thanks to those audio, video materials applied in teaching). Besides, the fact that the student has straight access to an assigned professor or lecturer makes it much better than traditional educational programs.
The fact that online education is affordable and more flexible than the other mode of study, makes people doubt this educational scheme. However, the point that students only have to pay for the tuition and study two hours a day is strong enough to satisfy those curious minds. And the best part is that when studying online, there are no extra expenses such as the accommodation charges which constitute a major part of the ‘fees’.
Now, there are several other merits of online studies including:
– You can access the study material from anywhere and at any desired time. In other words, you enjoy the JIT (Just-In-Time) benefit.
– Updating is simple and easy. Maintenance of the sessions is a piece of cake as useful and updated material is timely uploaded onto the server.
– There’s no need to stay with the lecturer’s pace and rush to the next topic without understanding the previous one. During online education, you can read a particular topic a number of times and take your time to finish the syllabus.
– The study techniques used are better and more interesting. E-sessions have those videos, charts and graphs that make it easier for the students to memorize things.
Online degrees are in no way regarded inferior degrees as compared to the traditional degrees, in the current job market. In certain fields including the IT degree, the priority levels are much higher for online degrees.