The Re-emergence of E-Education: Advantages and Challenges to an
Online Degree Program
The Internet has made everything a little bit easier and more
accessible to the world. What did we do without it? We shop
online, read our news online, and find directions online. The
Internet has permeated almost every aspect of our lives and
education is no exception. Colleges and universities are
expanding by offering extensive online education programs that
allow students from across the country to take accredited
courses from the comfort of their own homes.
Online degree programs have taken off in recent years,
especially as an option for working professionals who want to
further their education without giving up their day job.
E-education is also ideal for stay-at-home parents looking to
supplement their education at home. According to a survey by
Vault Inc., a media company focusing on careers, online degrees
are gaining momentum in the workplace. The company reports that
85% of employers feel online degrees are more acceptable today
then they were five years ago.
Online degrees are available in associate, bachelor, masters and
doctorate degree programs, in everything from business and
health care to engineering and education. There are even
websites devoted entirely to helping people find the best online
degree option in specific fields. For example, www.collegefinder.org is one site that allows
users to search by both degree and discipline.
Online education provides the opportunity for people on the west
coast to obtain a degree in a field from a prestigious east
coast university without having to pack up and relocate. The
costs associated with online education are comparable to
traditional classroom programs. But, without the commuting and
living expenses, an online program can prove to be a financially
Unlike a traditional program, online education programs do not
require a regular presence in a specific classroom, and students
are able to learn at their own pace without adhering to time
limits. Many online programs integrate online lectures and
readings with real world work experience, in hands-on
environments such as hospitals and schools.
The downside of online education rests in the isolation factor.
Many prospective candidates miss the constant interaction with
other students and teachers that a traditional classroom
environment offers. However, most universities encourage
students to establish relationships with other online students
and faculty members. Discussion boards, e-mail, and online study
groups provide ample opportunities for interaction with
classmates and advisors.
It is important to weigh all of the options associated with
online education before jumping into a program. Also make sure
the college or university is an accredited university that is
offering a legitimate degree. Believe it or not, there are still
people looking to make some money in fake degree production.
Whether you're looking to begin a new career, change
professions, or advance within your current field, and online
degree is a great place to start.