Online College Education
There are many pros and cons of online learning in college, you can take classes from a school in a different state, and still be successful in it. We are going to discuss all about the pros and cons here, so you can see the benefits and the down falls of the IT in education. The IT in education has been a huge success for many reasons. You can fit your classes into your busy schedules, and have flexibility, but you must have self-discipline to be able to get the work done on time. Working on you master online is popular in today’s time, while you are working a full-time job somewhere with your bachelor’s degree that you have previously earned. Online courses have grown 5.8 million nationally, over the last 13 years. About 28 percent of students are enrolled in at least one online courseCITATION Bab16 y l 1033 (Group). For some reason online classes are a little cheaper, so it will help you save some money. Some of the cons are the person contact, social interaction, the ability to absorb all the information correctly by yourself without deeper explanations, and the ability to have a tutor for free.
There are many benefits to taking online classes, while there are still have some down falls to them. One of the hardest things is the no face-to-fact interaction, with the professor or other students/peers. When you are in a face-to-face class you can at least go off the professor’s body language, or tone of voice to help you recall information. Sometimes, they have different body language to describe different things, so it will help you remember stuff when you hear their voice or see them do something with their bodies. Also, being online courses, you don’t get the deep explanations, and lectures that you do with a face-to-face class. With the classmates you can have them to help you study and improve your learning experience. Being able to hear peer’s examples of things helps a lot because they could possible see it the same why that you do, and you don’t get that feedback as detailed in an online class. When doing group projects, it is hard to do in an online course because you are always having to either email them or video chat with them to get the project done, especially if you don’t live close by each other. At time that communication isn’t the fastest, or it doesn’t work that you can video chat at the same time. Not having peer contact is a big disclaimer, I think that you need to have some interaction with people. When you take online courses, there is no peer contact, maybe sometimes by email if you happen to have a project or something in one of your classes.
Another thing is that not all courses are offered online, some of them you must take a face-to-face class for, some examples would be biochemistry, sonography, public speaking, and physical therapy. For a lot of courses, you need the hands-on experience. Example of that would be nursing, now days you can get a degree in nursing all online, but that is a degree that I personally feel you need a lot of hands on interaction with. For something like that you need to know how to put an IV in first hand, and how to do many other things in case of an emergency was to occur that you had to deal with on your own.
With tutoring not, all school are like MCC and offer free tutoring to all the students, and most schools you must pay for it especially if you are taking an online class it is very rare to get an opportunity for free tutoring with online courses. Normally you will pay for the tutors with your tuition, so if you don’t get the help you need and get someone to tutor you are just wasting your money if your tuition is already paying for the tutoring. Right now, to get someone to tutor you online cost anywhere from $30-40 all the way up to $85+ depending on the experience of the person who tutors you, and the subject that you are working on. So that would be one of the many down falls of the online courses that you would have to pay for your tutor.
Online classes you must email your professor for help, so you must explain in great detail what you are asking, or what you need to know. You also must make sure that you email them in enough time for them to get back to you before the assignments are due. If you don’t understand what they are saying you might have to ask the question in a different way, which is why I think that face-to-face classes are better in that aspect. Some down fall to emailing is that it takes them time to get back to you, it’s not always a reply within minutes. It is important if you live close to the campus that you are taking online courses at to schedule an appointment to meet your professor just one time, so they know who you are. It might help that you meet them in person, so they know that you care about your classes.
Self-disciplining really goes both ways, it can be a benefit but can also be a down fall if you aren’t good with disciplining yourself, you are going to fall behind in your work. Self-discipline is one of the best skills that you can have once it comes to online courses. For online classes people really need to have a schedule, that they do every week like clock works, maybe have a planner with your assignments written in it with their due dates. Online classes are very self-directed and fast pasted, while in face-to-face classes it a little slower and you get a little more detailed information without having to do as much research yourself. You get more instructions in a face-to-face class. Managing time is a be factor in self-discipline, making sure that you spend enough time on each class that you need too. If you don’t manage your time you won’t be able to maintain a good grade in your classes or a GPA. If you are self-discipline you will be more successful in your courses, you are taking CITATION DrB15 l 1033 (Johnson).
One thing that you must make sure of, is that you have access to the internet most of the time, because without access to the internet you aren’t going to be able to get your assignments done on time. Most of the time you have at least a couple days or more to get an assignment done, so if you don’t have internet at your house, you will have to find time to go somewhere that does have Wi-Fi or a computer that you can access to complete your homework or test assignments. Another thing that you want to make sure of is when taking online courses to take time to read your discussion boards because they can help you with your own work when you read what your peers have to say.
While we have talked about the cons here are a few benefits to the online courses. The flexibility in your schedule is a huge thing. You don’t have to make sure you are at class at a curtain time, you are able to work a full-time job if you need too, and still be able to get the education that you want. There is about 13% of students who hold down a full-time job, while being a full-time student. 45% of students can hold down a part-time job while being a full-time student, which isn’t that bad, if they would just spend their money on their education CITATION Gil14 l 1033 (Gil). With that you could have an income and an education at the same time with online courses, while with face-to-face you may not have that luxury of being about able to work. There are many times that you get over loaded with things that have to be done, with online course your school work is normally due late at night so you could get the things you need to do throughout the day done then have the night to work on school work while if you were in class you wouldn’t be able to get those things done throughout the day time because you would be stuck inside a classroom. If you have your schedule worked out good enough you could even go on a vacation in the middle of your school semester, while you are taking online classes. All you are required to do is work in a timely manner.
IT in education is very beneficial when it comes to getting your master’s degree. While you are working still on your bachelor’s degree or just working at your job, you can finish you masters online. You don’t ever have to go to the location of the college you choose to study at when taking online courses. Having the ability to live in a different state than where your college is, it’s awesome, that way if you wanted to you could go to one of the number one colleges, no problem if you want. You wouldn’t have to worry about going to the campus to work on anything at any time, all your test would be online, so if would be flexible to your schedule, when you had time to do it if it doesn’t go past the due date.
While talking about jobs to pay for things, online courses are a lot cheaper than face-to-face classes. For online fees all you will be paying for is the tuition fee, possibly book supplies, and an online application fee. You wouldn’t have to worry about the housing if you were to move, as well as the transportation fees. You would be able to achieve all your course assignments right from your house. A university online course cost is about $300-$400 per credit hour, with that classes have an application fees in the $30 range. Then, of course you will have to pay for bookCITATION Hay13 l 1033 (Haynie).
With IT in education, the internet gives you the opportunity to apply for scholarships, and grants before you even get into college. Basically, it is free money to help you get the education and degree that you want to get so you can have a successful job in the future. The IT in education also helps you get set up for your courses and get registered in all your classes. There are many steps that you must follow before you can start going to college. All of that would be online to get ready, so it would be preparing you to get ready for you online courses, giving you the technology time. You might have to go up to the school and meet with an advisor if you are at a junior college, but at a university you can most likely just email your way through all of you class scheduling.
Online courses are normally what are offered during a minimester, which is a course in the winter or summer, just to get a few extra credits in for either your fall or spring semester. They are normally no more than 4 weeks long. A minimester is meant also to help boost your GPA up a couple points if that is what you need the course for, so you make to make sure to do well in it. Minimester, are sometime helpful when you need to transfer from a junior college to a university college. So, it would be a great advantage if you have already done online courses before, because you would know the lay out of it and be ahead of the game. A minimester is a fast-pasted online class, so it is important that you have all your technology glitches out before beginning the course, so you can get it done as soon as possible.
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