What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying online?
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:-).
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..
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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