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Pro’s and Con’s of Opting to Study Online Courses

Online education is the type of education which ties together several historical threads such as computers, distance learning and telecommunications all in one perspective to deliver results. So many universities are coming up with online courses.With the advancements in time, online degrees and courses are coming up as popular alternative for a wide range of non-traditional students who want to continue working full-time. The educational methods and materials provided while opting for online courses are often the same as those provided for on-campus programs. It makes a whole lot of difference being an on-campus student or enrolled in an online course.

PRO’s of taking an online course:

Affordable: Online courses are cheaper or much more affordable than the regular on-campus degree. There’s no cost of commuting.

Ease of Access: Most people who choose online learning tend to have other commitments, and prefer this mode of learning as it gives them power over how they will delegate their time towards their different projects.

Online data base: All the information you need will be safely stored in an online database which would act as e-notes, live discussion documents, training materials and emails. So there’s no need to worry about losing any notes.

Individualized Learning: Different people learn in different ways and at different speeds and that makes learning a little complicated. Online learning courses enable students to learn at their own pace.

No age limit: Online courses meet the needs of all the age groups. It champions the needs of all age groups irrespective of their age, by empowering them to become educated as well as active members of their communities.

Increased Flexibility: You need not to be stuck in a classroom, but can go study in your garden, on your living room couch or in the comfort of your own bed. Irrespective of whether you’re a morning lark or a night owl, you can choose an optimum time to study whenever you’re at your best productive mood.

Study while earning: Class attendee can continue to work at his/her job while taking classes.

Eliminates commute time: It eliminates the issues of commuting.

Digital skill set: When you graduate with an online degree, you will have experience using online learning tools such as google docs, canvas, blackboard, webinars, group wikis and forums.This digital skillset will be there in your job application and might just get you shortlistedon your interview day.

CON’S

Devoid of social interaction: “All work and no play makes a student dull”. Young students should be making friends and having a great time in their universities and colleges. It’s the perfect time to make friends that will last a lifetime.

Lack of accreditation: Before you enrol in any online course, check whether the program is accredited and verifying this informationcan save your time as well as money.

Fewer courses: Not all the courses are available online, which acts as abarrier to a lot of students.

Lack of Practical Training and Experiences: Courses that require hands on experience, such as medicine, chemistry, etc. are simply out of the context for online education.

Lack of one-on-one interaction:Online students do not get that one-on-one interaction with their college professors or classmates they would in traditional settings.

Reputation:Online courses carry a stigma when assessed by a recruiter or committee for a competitive position or a job.

Miss campus experience: It is altogether an amazing experience to be around people from diverse backgrounds and a chance to get to know them.