Online courses or in-class schooling? Which one is better? That has been a question buzzing around whenever higher learning is discussed anymore.
Until recent years, if we wanted to attend college, we were forced to get in our cars or on the bus, travel to school, sit in classes, and spend much of our day there.
However, online colleges and courses have been picking up greater traction for their customizable schedules and not needing to drive all over the place, which for some people would be appealing. But is that the better option?
Pros and Cons
Advantages to online courses
More flexible for students who work full-time jobs:
Many students attending college are either returning to school or cannot spend long hours at school because of their jobs.
Online courses tend to go at your own pace to a certain degree. So you can watch video lectures during a break or when you’re in bed.
Ability to complete assignments when convenient:
As many students have busy lives, it can be hard to complete assignments on time.
Many online assignments allow you to complete them and turn them in on your schedule, which is a relief for those who have busy schedules.
Ability to obtain degrees from an out-of-state school without moving :
In many cases, students have to attend certain schools if they wish to obtain a certain degree, often forcing students to move out of state. And that can become pricey quickly.
With online classes, you can get the education from that school without incurring the expenses of having to move.
Less travel to and from school:
Depending on how far you live from campus, travel takes up time. However, online schooling requires no travel, which saves gas and money.
Disadvantages to online courses
Less direct contact with other students and teachers:
A lot of what makes in-person learning effective is the ability to communicate directly with your classmates and instructors.