What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying online?

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  1. cherriebum profile image57
    cherriebumposted 8 years ago

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying online?

  2. CarolineVABC profile image73
    CarolineVABCposted 8 years ago

    Advantages studying online:
         -study in your own time.
         -no commute needed.
         -study anywhere you want (home/coffee place/library/park).
    Disadvantages studying online:
         -no immediate interaction with professors/classmates.
         -need to wait for a reply from your teacher for your questions.
         -many distractions which can stray a student from focusing.

    * Please note:
          I have taken online courses before and I've enjoyed them very much except I missed getting to know my teachers and classmates on a personal level.  What we've done in the past is to meet for a cup of coffee/latte whenever we had a special project that we needed to work as a group.  This way, we got to know each other a little bit better.  We've also exchanged e-mail addresses/phone #s and such.  We kept in contact with each other all throughout the semester.  Right now, I am taking a Hybrid (online/conventional) class which means we meet once every other week for class.  At least, this way, I can meet my teacher and classmates on a more personal basis and still have the free time that I need to study in my own time.  Hope this helps! God bless you in whatever you choose to do:-).

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    ankigarg87posted 8 years ago

    Advantages of Online Learning :-
    Collaborative and exploratory learning environments.
    Travel cost and time savings - Learning is delivered directly to the learner..
    Vast, untapped market for training...
    Access is controllable - You can direct and monitor who receives web training - when, how many times, and in what sequence.
    Travel cost and time savings

    Disadvantages of Online Learning :-

    Time required for downloading applications..
    Web-based training has high-fixed costs...
    New technologies always require time, experience, and money in order to take full advantage of its capabilities.
    Student assessment and feedback is limited..

  4. Multiflavour profile image56
    Multiflavourposted 8 years ago

    I can answer from my own experience since I studied online for a distance learning program with the University of London for 6 years obtaining a MsC in Rural Development.

    - You can obtain your certificate and increase your skills even while you are working
    - You can earn your living while studying
    - You save on the expenses you would have (rent, travel etc) if you went to study physically on a certain place.
    - it is therefore less expensive
    - You can choose your own time for studying and therefore you can organize yourself the way you want
    - if material and course is done well, it can really benefit you

    - It takes a lot of discipline and organization by your side (most of people forget this) in order to succeed.
    - it is not as interactive as following lessons, meet the teacher, exchange ideas and meet students. Despite technology as improve this it is still not the same.
    - it takes longer than attending physically the course.

    I personally enjoyed the online studying.


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