The tremendous advance in technology has changed our life in many aspects. One of these aspects is online education and also called electronic learning. Online education is derived from distance education that was founded a long time ago. Online education opens new horizons for ambitious students who want to achieve higher goalsin education but their financial or other circumstances prevent them from obtaining this goal. The advantages of online education have persuaded many students to enroll in online programs to pursue their education. On the other hand, there are disadvantages that undeniably hinder online education.
Online education evolved from distance learning that was established about 100 years ago. The earliest form of distance education was conducted through letters which took a long time back and forth. After that it changed into a form of radio broadcasting. In more recent times, online education took off due to the tremendous advance of communication. Many scientists gave different definitions for online education but all of them agree on the main concept which is to obtain education or training without the student needing to be physically present.
There are convenient factors of online education that have attracted a lot of students. One of these advantages is flexibility that enables students to take their lessons whenever and wherever they want. This valuable feature gives the students who have a full time job time to pursue their education in their free time without affecting their jobs. The second advantage is the choices that are offered to the students, each student has the freedom to study in any university he wishes. It does not matter where the university is. Each university is reachable by online education. The third advantage is all of the lessons are recorded. Students can repeat the lessons as many times as they wish if they do not understand. If the students have any inquires or they need further explanations, they can email their teachers or talk to them via a chatting room.
The recent study research showed that by the year 2014, most students in the United States will be taking courses fully online rather than on campus (Ambient Insight Research, 2009). This great growth motivates many universities to compete to offer better education for their students. Online education saves time and effort for both students and universities. Universities need only to film the lectures and put them online for their students. This would be an alternative to preparing many classes and parking spaces for students that cost tens of thousands of dollars. The students can select the proper time and place to take their lessons online, instead of commuting many miles in crowded streets and looking for parking for a long time.
Although online education has gained in popularity among the students due to the advantages that it has, there are some disadvantages that impede online education from thriving more. One of the biggest deficiencies is interaction. Despite the email, instant messages and live chatting rooms with professors or lecturers, it is not as good as face to face interactions. The second deficiency that must be taken into account is its credibility after graduation. Some employers and teachers consider online education certificates less credible than classroom education.
I believe that technology has invaded our life and changed the way we think, live, communicate and learn. Furthermore, it has changed the way governments, companies and universities manage their business. One of these changes is online education that was changed from time to time to cope with technology era. I found out that online education evolved from distance education that was founded 100 years ago. Online education eases difficulties for many students and employees who want to improve their skills or achieve higher goals in their life. There are some disadvantages that hamper online education, but these disadvantages are overwhelmed by the advantages that are offered.
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