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The Pros and Cons of Online Education

By Matt Norman

You're thinking about furthering your career or finally getting your
college degree. But with so many educational choices online, how do
you know whether it's right for you? Here are some pointers you
should consider, before making your decision.

There are many perks associated with online study. Unlike traditional
learning, distance learning can offer you greater flexibility, as you don't
have to waste time- and money- commuting to the campus and you
can choose a program that truly suits your interests or professional
needs, because you are not confined to the classes that are offered

Another advantage to distance learning is the fact that you can continue
to work, because you don't have to worry about fitting your classes
around your job schedule. This is a distinct advantage over traditional
methods of learning, because this option allows you to continue earning
while you study. Online programs often cost less than their traditional
counterparts, so you can save money on tuition, if you pursue your
degree through an online university.

Online study is also a great option for those students with physical
handicaps, which may prevent them from travelling to a traditional
campus. Likewise, if you are shy, or perhaps even language-
challenged, participating in an online course may be the perfect
alternative to a live class.

There are some drawbacks to online education, however. For
example, traditional instructors may not successfully make the
transition from the classroom to the online platform and it can
sometimes be difficult for them to transfer course content or offer
additional support to the students.

While the technological aspects of online learning can make the
courses more interesting and interactive, some students may not have
the computer hardware to support the specific programs required for
the class. Many courses require DSL or a high-speed internet
connection in order for the student to interact effectively with the
instructor or other students. Similarly, online learning can rob the
student of the conventional aspects of classroom interaction, such as
being able to talk to the instructor or the other students, face-to-face.

In spite of the drawbacks, however, many new and returning students
are opting to study via distance learning and are finding it to be a very
rewarding experience.
About the Author
Matt Norman is the founder of Easy Distance Learning a website providing information on learning online

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