Many colleges and universities are offering online learning opportunities for students to obtain higher education degrees. Online degree programs are more affordable and allow flexible scheduling to study around work obligations. Someone once told me that the knowledge gained by attending classes on campus far exceeded the online learning experience. Now numerous articles refute that assumption.
Impact published an article (July 8, 2013) filled with infographics showing the results of "a survey of 1,500 past, present, and future students conducted in 2013 by online education solutions partner Learning House." The statistics reveal that online education is gaining revolutionary momentum. The article suggests that many students are willing to earn advanced degrees through online learning as opposed to attending conventional classes on a college campus.
Do you think a college degree earned through online learning is as valuable as one obtained on a college campus?
I have just finished my dual degree in ed/SpEd and I also have an AAS in Library Technology. I attended both ground and online classes. I wouldn't have been able to go to college, let alone finish a degree or two if not for the online experience. I loved the online classroom and both my degrees were started and completed online. The student teaching made what I learned very real and showed that the virtual classroom is very effective. I earned a magna *** laude from my library major and a suma *** laude for my dual teaching majors. The schools are accredited as are ground schools and if you are busy, still working in and out of the home, this is the best way to go. A person must be self-motivated though and as a reminder, it is what the person puts into something that matters in either a ground or online classroom. That effort makes the difference in the experience.
Thanks for sharing your personal experience. The Community is a great place to read first-hand accounts and gain knowledge from what others have learned. I especially appreciate your comment that to earn a degree an individual must be motivated. Also you mention that the value of the learning depends on how much a person is willing to invest in the experience whether on campus or online. That is an excellent point!
I hope others will follow your lead and share their opinions.
I bring the perspective of a college professor who has taught both face to face and online courses. After moving away from a university town, I'm teaching completely online. I appreciate online courses because it means I can live in the country but continue to teach so there's value added for educators.
I think both platforms bring value to students and I encourage everyone to explore online learning before they completely dismiss it particularly now that bandwidth and technology allows for so many different ki of online interactions. I teach the only online course in a mainly face to face master's degree program for school administrators. Many of them come into the course sure they will not like it at all. At the end of the course, some still express a preference for ftf while others are surprised to discover they really enjoyed the online format.
And even as I type that, I realize there is no one online format. I teach some courses that are completely asynchronous; others have synchronous meetings built in. I don't teach any "blended" courses that include a ftf component but I have a friend getting a doctorate in a program that requires some meetings on campus.
It's an exciting time to be a teacher AND a learner with so many possibilities. Ultimately, however, vgsharrs has it right: it doesn't matter where or how your are learning, what you get out of it depends on what you invest in it.