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This is very complicated question for which there is no simple answer. Ability to learn online is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand it provides better access to educational resources, and makes learning more affordable. Having said that it glues people to the computer screens and deprives them of real human interaction, allows them being less disciplined and takes away the pressure created by being in the classroom. It also makes learning faceless.
In general I think it is great for the ones who strive to learn, and have discipline to do it while sitting at the computer. It is much worse for those who dislike learning as they will never catch the learning "virus" from a peer or a teacher, and will have every opportunity to do less.
Thank you so much for your views Sergey Semenyuk. I really appreciate what you think about online learning!
An online education provides an opportunity for students to make connections and learn at their own pace. I have taken several online courses for my M.Ed degree, and at first, I was hesitant. I've realized through taking the online courses that just as much, if not more, collaboration and interaction can occur. Students are able to explore material as much or as little as needed. Online courses are the essence of a flipped classroom: the materials and lectures are all provided and then students practice. I have to say, I'm a fan of online learning.
Absolutely correct Brittany! Online education just makes education so much more simpler!
I agree with Brittany, it has helped the students immensely and in various ways. especially since the economic scenario poses numerous challenges where the students are in a dilemma as to whether they should opt for their further studies or should they take up a job instead.
This question encompasses a wide area. Now a days we see that people resort to a lot of media for learning purposes and it's becoming the best one to learn and grow. Online is definitely a viable option for learning process as it gives the learner a realtime experience and also the user can do it as per his convenience. Online media serves as a major reservoir of knowledge database and also many testing tools are now a good tool to judge ones learning. So I feel its a great asset for one who wants to learn.
People who were compelled to leave education due to financial constraints or anything are now fortunate to fulfill their dreams through online learning. Online education has become blessings for many who failed to attend regular classes in colleges/ universities given them the chance to get global degrees sitting at home.
How very interesting! This is a similar question brought up by our professor, to which I have not yet given my thoughts to. I am currently taking classes online, and as much as I agree with Sergey Semenyuk on the lack of human face-time interaction in distance learning, learning is indeed possible. We do get to interact in forums such as these and have an exchange of ideas and understanding around a subject. As Brittany Sellers have mentioned, I do get to learn at my own pace, which is what I like the best. Apart from that, it helps a lot that I work in a school and so I have the privilege of seeking help from educators and learn from them as well; to connect my experiences with my learning (or vice versa).
The children are so advanced with technology now that i think that we have to incorperate this in to education.Since they rely on the internet for most of their day then online education is a very valuable tool.
I think online learning has many advantages, especially for people who work or live abroad. I am enrolled in a online program at the moment where some of my classmates live overseas or in other states but thanks to technology we all share the same class and are able to interact in the regular discussions. It is also true that discipline and commitment are the key to succeed in these courses so I think online courses are not recommended for everybody. On the other hand, they can be more demanding since you must have read all the material you are given in less time than a regular course. This is very important before you post your own comments. You also are able to go back to your peers comments as many times as you want to re-think or for more analysis. You cannot do it in regular courses.
Online learning might not be the best fit for every student, but I think the important benefits that it brings to the table is the level of personalization and flexibility. Allowing students to work at their own pace, at the time of day that best suits their learning style and outside activities (extracurriculars, work, etc.) can do wonders for some individuals.