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#1 (permalink) Mon Dec 09, 2013 13:41 pm   Essay: online learning 

Topic:Some people say that online learning is the most effective and convenient way to learn. Others say that online learning will never be as effective as learning at a real school. Discuss both view and give your own opinion.

Along with the development of technology, education has diversified types of learning in recent years. While online learning programs are considered as the most convenient way, there are many people support studying at a real school. My opinion is divides on both divergences.

On the one hand, there is no doubt that online learning offers the convenience for trainees in terms of time and choices. Firstly, it is obvious that learners can study at their convenience, which is absolutely different from real schools. Additionally, there is a wide range of programs that students can choose the most suitable one. Should a learner have a difficulty in some lessons, it is likely that they can rewind the video tape in order to grasp a thorough understanding.

Another aspect to note is the effectiveness that trainees can get. To be more precise, online learning program gathers many professional teachers. As a result, students stand a good chance of consulting the most high-qualified trainers. This is one of the main contributors to studentsÂ’ effective learning.

On the other hand, distant learning is not in the purpose for a well-rounded development. That is to say, it lacks the interaction between teachers and students as well as among peers. Regrettably, this hinders learners from developing social relationship and social knowledge. Hence, online program makes trainees miss opportunities to enhance the social interaction.

Moreover, one of the main problems of learning online is the lack of motivation. In other words, there is no supervision of teachers, little competition among companions. As such, learners become ignorant to their study and lose all the interests in learning.

In conclusion, from suggested above, online learning has both positive and negative side. However, it is my belief that learning at a real school is still the best way since it serves as a catalyst for studentsÂ’ motivation and the well-balanced development.

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Online education has become a popular channel for many students to pursue their degree. The fact shows that most online students are successfully complete their degree program but 40% of them failed. Most of online students are pursuing their degree online because they are seeing many advantages of online education that can benefits them but the 40% that failed do not aware of the disadvantages of online education that cause their failure. In order to avoid you to become of one the statistic of failure in online education, you must first understand the pro and con of taking your degree online before you make up your decision to earn your degree through this online channel. Here are the major advantages and disadvantages of online education that you must know:

The Advantages of Online Education

In today's busy lifestyle, most people have no time to go back to school even they have intention to get more degrees for career advancement, job promotion or simply to learning something new. This is where one of the advantages of online education will benefit these people. Online education is able to provide you with a flexible learning environment from any location as long as you are offered with internet connection.

With a proper time management, you can easily plan your online learning sessions to fit into your busy schedule and follow your own pace of study to complete your degree program. Another key advantage of online education is you can attend the online classes from your comfort home or any location that you find convenient to you. This also means that you can enroll into any online degree program offered by any universities around the world as long as they make their degree program online. With that in mind, you do not need to worry about unable to find a degree that can't meet your career or lifestyle requirement.

In general, you can complete a degree online in shorter period of time if compare to the same courses offer in campus-based programs. Unless you purposely delay your courses due to fail to proper manage your time. In term of tuition fee, although it's not always true, but in general, online degree programs cost less then campus-based degree programs as most of learning materials are in downloadable format and the credit hours required to complete an online degree program is comparatively less. Hence, you could save some money by taking your degree online.

The Disadvantages of Online Education

The advantages of online education can become the disadvantages if you are not the right candidate for online education. The flexibility of planning your own schedule in online education could be the disadvantages for you if you are a type of person that can't manage your time probably between your work, family and study. If you are this kind of person, a pre-plan schedule may fit you well, letting yourself to study at your own pace with your own schedule may causes you fail to complete your degree program.

As most of online learning materials are in text format, if you are not comfortable with this format and prefer to listen to the lecture instead of reading it. Then, it will become the disadvantage for you and you need to reconsider your decision before you choose online education to be your degree pursuing channel.

Are you able to communicate well through chats and discussion forum? You must understand that these media are the key communication channels in online learning environment and you must be able to adapt to it else it will become a disadvantage for you.

Summary

By understanding the advantages and the disadvantages of online education, you will have a better understanding on how these factors will affect you if you choose to pursue your degree online.