Online vs. Traditional Courses

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With a bad economy, high unemployment and several new educational benefit programs like the available, more and more people are going back to school to finish degrees or to gain new skills that will make them more marketable. Most of these new students wont be sitting in a chair at a local university or college, they will be sitting at their kitchen table or at a computer desk in their homes taking online courses. About six months ago, I decided that I was going to go back to school and finish my degree. I considered attending Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), but decided that taking an online course would be much more convenient and I could work around my office and travel schedule. In the past, when I took traditional “brick and mortar” (or Face to Face) classes, I had to drive to the school to attend classes during the week and I had a tough time trying to balance my work and school schedules. I ended up taking night classes so school wouldn’t interfere with my work schedule. With online courses and I can work at my own pace doing homework and assignments anytime from almost anywhere I happen to be. I’ve even taken a test an online test during lunch while I was at work. Today, most working professional’s that enroll in higher education take online courses instead of traditional classroom courses. According to U. S. News and World Report, the Babson Survey Research Group found that “Online education programs have become commonplace, with more than 3,300 of the roughly 4,500 U.S. colleges and universities offering at least one online course. More than 1,700 of these schools offer completely online degree programs.” (Kern, 2010) Furthermore, the economic downturn has increased the demand for college courses,... ... middle of paper ... ...d was someone with experience showing me how to do it. After receiving the hands-on instruction from the instructor, I was able to collimate my telescope the proper way. Online course have video links and pictures, but it’s just not the same as face-to-face, hands-on instruction, especially when the task is technical or mechanical in nature. Some students say traditional courses are better than online courses, while others say just the opposite. I happen to believe that online courses are just as good as traditional courses. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether a course is taught online or in a classroom. What matters most, is how the course is set up and taught by the instructor. Today, online courses increase access for thousands of students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to higher learning. In the end it’s really about what’s best for the student
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