Charles Short – The Effects of Online Learning

Online learning has radically changed the basis for education throughout the world, creating greater accessibility and connectivity between the student and the subject.

Traditional learning is composed of physically attending a lecture, or activity, within a classroom at an accredited educational institution. While this format is used by most of the worlds population, online learning has begun to make a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years.

Online learning has become more and more attractive due to its ease of access, compared to traditional settings, as it allows students to attend courses when they otherwise couldn’t. Online learning is generally attractive to those with very busy schedules, as online courses eliminate the need to physically attend the course at a different location. Online courses also allow students to attend courses at institutions that may be out of reach, allowing them to receive the education that they desire, despite the limitations they may have in physically attending.

Online courses are made to suit the students needs, as many of the courses can be worked on at any given time, making them extremely flexible and accessible to every student, as opposed to the rigid schedules of a traditional course. However, online learning also plays a part in the elimination of the teacher, as many courses can be self automated by nearly anyone, as soon as the course material is prepared, this potential lack of teacher interaction is one of the biggest downsides to online learning. Although, this lack of teacher interaction could be a positive aspect for some students, as many people struggle to connect with their teachers, and have had negative experiences with unreasonable teachers.

Online learning would also allow the learning process to be entirely objective in its proceedings, as it would be exceedingly difficult for anyone to be subjected to bias. However, such objectiveness could also lead to callousness with certain student affairs, as it is very important that teachers understand, and work with, students who are going through events beyond their control, and their education should not have to suffer because of it. As a result of all of these aspects of both online, and traditional, learning, education has been able to become available to an exponentially greater number of people. Such people include; adults looking to get their degree, younger students who must work in order to afford school, and those with incredibly busy schedules that would otherwise never afford the time for an education, online learning enables each and every one of these people to receive their education at their own pace, and all of those like them.

However, online learning is not completely separate from traditional learning, as online learning has become more apparent in education, teachers have begun to implement online and technological aspects into their curriculum. What is taught in the classroom will be implanted in an activity online, utilizing the best aspects of both types of learning, the interaction with the teacher, and the accessibility of online work.

These hybrid classes are becoming more and more apparent in schools, especially in colleges, and serve to give more freedom and time to the students by having them implement what they learning into at-home assignments, while also having the teacher and classmates to interact and learn alongside with. Such hybrid classes will likely become a major aspect of education in the years to come, and offer the best parts of both types of learning, to those who truly need it.

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