In our world everyone is different and unique. All of us have different learning methods that best help us counterfeit through our educational quests. A few learn best through applied methods, while others have tremendous memories and find that learning from text books help them best maintain the material at hand. This is why online education cannot replace universities and colleges and even books and pens.
Virtual classes have many disadvantages which cannot be ignored by the public which has made a great effect on the youth of the future, and although it's wide spread on the internet but the truth is that many of them do not have a licensed degree. Since Online degrees are not verifiable as college or university degrees by many countries and companies, thus online graduates are going to find difficulty in finding a job. Moreover, they will face big problems in their careers in the future. Few of them are low wages and few or no skills in their profession.
Disadvantages do exist in online education. Some people learn and gain knowledge better in university or school classes because such places provide the necessary live communication with other students and instructors. E-classes may include a classroom interaction feature, but the problem is that they cannot achieve the real interaction. In fact, in order for a student to be successful in online education, he/she must have the appropriate skills. And he/she must be responsible, able to manage their time and self motivated. If those skills already exist, then traditional classes will be the best choice for them.
One major disadvantage of online education is accessibility, mainly if it's about electronic learning grids (a one-stop-hub for the growing community of e-Learning practitioners) and virtual communities. Another disadvantage of online education is technology. Not everyone has an internet connection and the appropriate equipment (computer, modem, etc.). Without this access, online education will be a lot more difficult than it should be. And even people who do have the required equipment and the access to internet are too discouraged by it to for the use for online education. Since remote education does not include any technical experience courses, then it is not as efficient as a complete education.
The fallback in distance education is the lack of practical skills required to get an online degree. Some people are still not that technically advanced to cope with methods that make distance education better. It doesn't mean that all students don't have this technology; yet there are a large number of students who wrap behind. Moreover, many of the administration people and lecturers face difficulty when operating programs of online education which are probably teaching or monitoring students. The lecturers, themselves, have had their degree acquired from universities or colleges and generally they are not used with the online educating program tools.
Another two major disadvantage of distance education is the self discipline it involves and the lack of interaction and motivation. If the student is within his range of freedom then no one of the instructors is capable of controlling his acts. With a considerable amount of money paid for learning, the lack of motivation and interaction is often the collapse of students who look for remote education where they don't have the chance to discussion and hear questions from their colleagues. Social segregation can be something that outbreaks a student of online school or university. As you work on your online degree, you will have access to an online classroom much like a university or college. However, the manner in which you explore that structure with other people is much different. In a university or college, you directly discuss with students strategies and even meet them in a group quickly. In online learning, students discuss their matters with their fellow students over the email or through discussion forums. These discussions are not in real time so it is difficult to manage time in group situations. These methods of online education restrict the student-professor interaction, which is annoying for students who need instant feedback. "The difference is obvious to anybody who's had the luxury of learning in a classroom with a couple of dozen people. Compare that with trying to get a professor's attention in a cavernous lecture hall surrounded by hundreds of other students. It only gets worse online".
Moreover, online education is more of a business than providing education. "Great expectations have yielded great expenditures".
Most of e-learning materials are computer text format, therefore if someone is not used to the text format he is reading and prefers to listen to the lecture instead, then this will become a problem for him, and reconsidering a decision is a must before choosing online education to be his degree pursuing channel. As a matter of fact, advantages of e-learning can become disadvantages if the student is not the right person. Planning a schedule in online education could be a disadvantage if a student is unable to manage his time between work, study and family.
Plagiarism is one if the things that online course professors face, where they get most of their work published by the online university they work for. "Courses offered in the medium of cyberspace leave digital records of all that transpires, raising profound questions about whether schools have the right to repackage and sell a professor's work".
As far as online education has many disadvantages it also has advantages. If a student has the equipment and internet access available then online education will be a good choice to choose. This will give the student the opportunity of staying with his family. Moreover, he can attend online classes from any place which has internet access. Flexibility is another advantage of online education. Students are usually not tied to a schedule so they can study at any free time they have. Since a student can attend online classes from any place with internet access then he/she can study at home and if the place where he/she lives is not equipped with an internet access then subscribing to and internet connection will not cost him as moving to another place.
Online education will always lag behind traditional education as means of employment, where graduates find that they have to prove the validity degrees and if they are accredited. By means of communication, almost everything is done via email, so students will miss the voice of their instructors and colleagues' voice. Furthermore, not all of the courses are available online. If a student is interested in a more advanced field, he/she will face difficulty finding a source for online education. I say if online education was the choice by every person every time, then we wouldn't have built schools and universities.
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