The Pros and Cons of Online Learning
Online learning has come a long way over the years, and, most notably, in the last few months. With more and more colleges and universities offering online courses, you will inevitably take at least one online class if you are earning a degree. There are pros and cons to online learning, and understanding them will allow you to determine better if online learning is the right choice for you and your needs.
Pro: Ability to Work Around Your Schedule
One of the biggest pros of online classes is that you can work around your schedule. If you need to work full-time or you have young children, having this flexibility will allow you to still take classes at night or during nap time. Some colleges allow you to even go at our own pace, which can let you take courses as you finish them. In most cases, this means that you even finish quicker, so it is something you want to consider.
Pro: You Can Take Classes From Anywhere
No matter where you live, you can take online courses as long as you have an Internet connection. You can live in Georgia and earn your degree from an institution in California. No matter where it is, geographic distance does not hold you back from getting a degree from the college or university you want.
Pro: Anyone Can Take Online Classes
Physical disabilities will not keep you from taking online courses, as it could for in-person classes. Whether you can leave your home or not, online learning is convenient in that it can be done from the comfort of your home. Not being able to go to school regularly in person will not hold you back from online classes, as you can take them when you can.
Con: Self-Discipline is a Necessity
For most of us, self-discipline is a huge issue. If this is you, carefully consider whether you will be able to self-motivate yourself to take classes. Due to the nature of most online courses, self-discipline will dictate whether you are successful in your class.
Con: Limitation of Interaction
Questions to professors and interaction with your peers may not be what you need to stay connected to the class. Many schools use discussion boards to interact, but it still may not feel as personal as you would like. Also, questions to professors may not be answered as quickly as you would like. If you are one who thrives on interaction, online learning may not be what you want.
You need to evaluate your personality and needs as far as learning. From whether you can self-motivate, want interaction with other students or professors, or whether the flexibility is worth dealing with the cons, you need to take some time to make the decision that is right for you. The options are endless from degree choices to locations to the type of learning, so take all of these conditions into consideration to find the right learning choice.
By Janis Rodgers