Online Education: Advantages and Disadvantages

Should You Take an Online Course?
Online courses are becoming more and more popular every year. Students across the nation are given access to an education that they might otherwise miss, and many students are using only online courses to complete their entire degree requirements. If you are considering using online courses during your college career, you need to have both the necessary tools and motivation to be successful.

The first thing you need to consider is if you have the needed tools to complete an online course. A computer and internet are requirements for these courses. You should have a secure Internet connection that is not easily accessible by others, and it should be reliable. If your connection is not reliable, you run the risk of being logged out during an important test or being unable to submit an assignment before the deadline. Although some professors are lenient in these cases, some of them are not. They expect you to have the tools needed to complete the course.

Online classes are more convenient since you can work around your schedule, but it also means that you are responsible for ensuring you complete assignments on time. You will need to be self-motivated and responsible, logging on and completing your work in a timely manner. Some students need face-to-face instruction in order to be motivated, but others are more self-motivated, getting things done on their own.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education Infographic



Over 6.1 Million students were taking at least one online course during the Fall 2010 term. )For more e-Learning statistics you are more than welcome to check the Top 10 eLearning Statistics for 2014 Infographic)
So lets check the Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Education versus Traditional Education.

4 Advantages of Online Education

  1. Flexibility to work full-time and complete assignments at when convenient
  2. Ability to obtain a degree from a school in another state/country
  3. Ideal for military students
  4. Less travel

3 Disadvantages of Online Education

  1. Less direct contact with students and professors
  2. Limited opportunities for student and campus activities
  3. Subject to “technical difficulties” and software crashes

3 Advantages of Traditional Education

  1. Direct contact with teachers, students, and advisors
  2. More access to campus activities
  3. More suitable for hand on training

3 Disadvantages of Traditional Education

  1. Less flexibility in class scheduling
  2. Less cost effective
  3. More travel to and from class

Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Would you prefer to take an online or a traditional course and why?