No body wants to remain uneducated in today’s world as education is considered a very important part of their lives. Education can either rise you to a certain height or cause u a downfall in the future depending on the careers you choose. Education is greatly different today in comparison to the 1950s because of advancements in teaching and other great inventions that provide easier techniques of teaching. With advancements in the today’s world a major development with education has also taken place and that is distance learning or online education.Online education has become a widely accepted alternative to learning in the classroom. Distance education has helped students to educate themselves in a world where technology rules and fast paced lifestyles are a part of life. As the Internet is becoming increasingly popular, so does the online education gaining popularity.There are many formats through which distant learning could be made available such as online Power Point Presentations, Videos on tapes, CD’s, DVDs, or other internet courses format that is put online. This easiest way of learning has been legalized since 1993 and is considered a new way of teaching students of all ages. Online education has been gaining popularity through out the years because of the ease of the internet. The internet has made it easier for people to stay connected and has provided people with unlimited resources on the World Wide Web. Many educators have mixed feelings about online educating because there are so many pros and cons to the issue.Mary Kassop, an author and educationalist, gives general overview of online education and support it. He writes, Can students learn as much and as well online as they do in face to face courses? The answer to these questions is not just ‘yes,’ but one can there are many ways that online courses may actually surpass traditional face to face classes in quality and rigor”. Mrs. Kassop, as an online education supporter, is correct on the issue because it can provide a good education to many people. The convenience of online courses provide busy individuals a chance to get the equal amount of education as a student going to class and all that is needed to get started is a computer with internet access. One computer can open the gates to a whole new world of learning and excitement.Online education now is either offered by private entities or there are many city and university colleges that offer these programs. Some Colleges and schools offer programs such as Psychology and Sociology which are equal to or even better then face to face classes. One example of a class that is better online rather than face to face is Sociology because they let the students observe human communication at public spaces without the teacher being there.Online education could be the tool of the future to provide the young and the old with schooling and instruction. It provides a cheaper way of teaching while still giving the student the material necessary for the class. Students learn responsibility through online education and will give them a reason to work hard during the class. In general online classes will help provide many students with the education they require.
Education is vital in every persons life. Without education you cannot live a better life in this society. Everyday you learn something new from the shared knowledge of other people through their ways of teaching or learning independently. We study to develop our power of judgment and reasoning or preparing oneself intellectually for mature life.Today, you can be educated in many means. With the help of the latest technologies, education has expanded rapidly beyond our imagination. You can now study whatever you want, whenever and wherever you are. This learning process is what we call online education. It is also known as distance learning and teaching using technologies to reach learners at a distance. The difference between online education from traditional way of teaching is that there is no face to face education. They are separated only by distance but not in time. It uses computer network to present or distribute educational content in the form of text, animation, audio, video and image. A two-way communication via computer Internet allows student and teacher to communicate with each other. It is a good choice if you want private tutorial or self study.Independent study has now become widely known especially in progressive countries. You can have an easy access to educational institutions, work sites and community centers. A lifelong learning is very accessible using the modern communication technologies.Online education is now the interests of many professionals because it gives them the education they want with ease. Most people who engage in distance learning are usually the ones with ongoing obligations such as family, responsibilities, handicaps or people living in isolated areas. That is why many higher education now offers on-line courses. It is reported that in US, There has been an increase of enrollments in online colleges and universities and it continues to increase each year.It has expected that the inventions of high technologies like the computers will play an integral part in our lives. Its development and expansion will help us in making our life easier and with comfort. Each day people are getting busier. Time will come that the traditional way of teaching and learning will just be a part of history and the latest trend in education will take place. As long as we do not abuse the things that made our life better, our future in earning the best education lies within the capabilities of the latest inventions of technologies.
Online education will play a major role in the future of postsecondary education in America. Colleges and universities are scrambling to be aboard, and state legislatures, with long-term economy in mind, are making major commitments of support. There are, however, many hurdles before viable cost-effective/learning-effective online education programs are in common use. At this point, the majority of programs is simply an extension of passive lecture or lecture discussion through electronic means. Few institutions understand the economies of these programs, nor have they faced the structural changes that are required. As important, institutions have not understood the quality and accessibility of programs that will be needed to meet the challenge from private sector initiatives.”You Can’t Predict the Future But You Can Plan for It”The following are ten important questions concerning the future of distance learning:o Will faculty adapt? The pay isn’t great, but the job of a full-time faculty member is really very nice. By tradition a faculty member controls his own work; functions independently; gets to perform by lecturing; and has adequate time for study, reflection and interaction with stimulating colleagues. The use of technology in education, and particularly in distance learning, requires cooperation, teamwork, performing a role in an organized structure, more effort in design than in delivery, and less self-directed time. Quite simply, it is counter-culture for faculty. Will sufficient numbers of faculty adjust to permit institutions to design and deliver educational services in new ways?o Will online education grow through shadow colleges? In many instances, rather than face the obstacles presented by traditional faculty, the existing work rules, union contracts, and faculty attitude, many institutions have created new organizations outside of the basic institution. These organizations have new salary schedules, reward systems and work policies. Will this be the only way that colleges can restructure? Can these organizations exist within traditional institutions?o Will college administrations adopt new, more sophisticated planning and/or management systems? While it will be difficult for faculty to adapt to new delivery arrangements, it will also be difficult for administration. In educational budgets, management has typically been concerned with only three variables — classrooms, mean class size and professors. The use of information technology and online education introduces a myriad of new cost elements that have to be worked into the basic cost structure. New and more sophisticated planning/management systems must be put into place, or the new arrangements will simply cost more and will not be practical to initiate.o Will state bureaucracies establish a single online education institution? It is no secret that in recent years state legislatures and bureaucracies have increased their control and decision-making with regard to public higher education. In a number of states significant appropriations are being made to develop infrastructures for distance learning. The question that will be asked is, “if distance programs are expensive to develop, and if all of our sites are tied together, why not have one organization that delivers these services statewide.” Colleges and universities need to prepare to answer that question.o Will funds become available to develop quality learning software that uses the full capability of information technology? To date, substantial state appropriations for online education have gone for infrastructure, equipment and networks. While these are useful, there is real question as to the need for these expenditures. There are so many networks (for example, the Internet) available to use. Important advancements in learning can be made if significant appropriations are shifted to learning software. This software should use the full capabilities of information technology and the research on adult learning.o How will learning be certified? In the United States each institution basically makes its own decisions with regard to what learning will be credited. Very often decisions are based on a well entrenched “not invented here” syndrome. As increasing numbers of individuals register for courses and learn through a wide array of institutions, there will be a demand from the public for that learning to be assessed and credited toward degrees and certificates.o Can colleges keep their certification monopoly? The strongest cards that colleges and universities hold in competing with private organizations in online education are prestige and certification control. To keep the certification monopoly. Colleges and universities are going to have to work with other organizations and be considerably more accommodating in recognizing learning that was not provided by their institution.o How will on-campus and distance use of technology integrate? Much present online education is simply the extension of the lecture classroom to distance locations. But, there are few examples of the instructional software designed for distance coming back into use on campus. Materials that are developed that are time and place independent. As well as time variable. Can be used on campus with the addition of more interaction with college staff. This would provide new options for students and increase student volume. Thus providing more capability for greater expenditures on development of quality educational software.o How can we substitute for the inspiration of personal interaction with faculty members? In all of my years at Miami-Dade Community College, I never received a letter complementing a college program without reference to a faculty member or other staff member who had inspired or contributed to the development of the writer. Almost all of us can point to an individual, very often a faculty member, who had major impact on our lives. Is there a way to keep that inspiration in an online education situation? Is there something to be substituted?