The Benefits of Online Education (Research Paper)

Daniel Martinez

Class: UWP1

Professor: Ashley Sarpong

3/8/2015

Abstract:

There has been a problem of people not attending college to earn a higher education because of time and money. The issue is that many are frightened  by the cost of attending college and not having enough time to be successful in college. This is a big issue because people with a higher education are needed in order for the world to innovate. The good news however is that this issue has been receiving more of the attention it deserves. The way they colleges have been trying to solve this issue is by offering online classes as a substitute for classroom education. It has been nearly a century since online education was first introduced. Based on the Article “The History of Online Education Decade By Decade” By Allen B. Ury, “correspondence courses” where invented by Thomas Edison in the 1910’s. These were catalogs of educational motion pictures. Over the years online classes have evolve to the point where in 2010 approximately 5.6 million college students studied partly or full time in online classes according to The History of Online Education Decade By Decade. The increase in students using the online education alternative shows that it is definitely working to benefit the education of students.

 Benefits of Online education

 Education is simply the greatest tool for success, As Will Durant says “Education is the transmission to civilization”.  Since education is such an important thing for someone to succeed do to the fact that education opens many doors for people. Education creates people with knowledge something which is very important for  the world to innovate as people with knowledge come together to create this world a better place. Therefore in order for the amount of people with knowledge to increases there must be a way for people to earn a higher education without having to worry about cost or not having time. Many people know that it is beneficial to have an education but most of them are afraid because of the cost of attending college and others are afraid it will require too much of their time to be working and going to college. At this present time the cost for higher education is extremely high, and higher education in a four year college also requires plenty of time. According to the article “Average cost of college rises again” by Associated press, The average cost for undergraduate students attending a four year college or university in their home state was $18,943. Things like cost and time are the main things that make plenty of people have to reconsider and many times choose not to better their education. It sure is devastating to know that there are many people out in the world with potential to better themselves but have not done so because of complications like these. Fortunately there has been an alternative to classroom education that has been created that helps get rid of these complications and offers many other helpful qualities for students to be able to better their education. The alternative to classroom education is online classes. Colleges which are known for classroom education have been the main source for achieving a higher education for many years therefore this alternative might not seem too convincing. How can online classes be more beneficial than classrooms for the education of people? you may ask. The answer to that question is that online education offers plenty of helpful things. According to (Open Education Database) some ways that online education can be helpful is that it offers variety programs and courses, Lower total cost, More comfortable learning environment, Convenience and flexibility, More interaction and a greater ability to concentrate, Avoid commuting, They are also helpful in getting younger students prepared for a higher education (Online learning key to college readiness) by The Detroit News. Another way in which it is helpful is that it is great for disable students ( The Benefits of Online Ed for Disabled Students) by Robert M. Hensel.

Having a variety of programs and courses is truly an important aspect for online education to offer. In order for online education to compete against classroom education it must offer as many courses if not more than classroom education does.  According to the article by Open Education Database (OED), online education is beneficial because it offers many different courses and degree programs to students no matter what they are interested in, Although classroom education also offers plenty of different courses and programs online classes are much more convenient since students are able to register for specific courses when they want without having the conflict of  course being too full.  This is really helpful because in classrooms there is a limited amount of space therefore there are many times in which the course will be too full to register for. Since online classes do offer many different courses and programs they are able to compete with classroom education and they help students reach their education with the classes they need. In classroom education there is many times when students cannot take the classes they desire because they are taken up by other students, this problem is solve with online education because the courses they offer are available to all students and they are not limited which means that the students are able to continue taking the classes their major requires without slowing down. Offering many courses and programs also helps the online education seem more genuine therefore making those who are afraid of classroom education trust the online education alternative.

Online education helps resolve the biggest problem with classroom education, The biggest problem is the cost for a higher education which very often scares people away from earning a higher education. The average cost of tuition and fees for the years 2014 and 2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities (College Data). These big price tags are what scare people way from reaching a higher education. Therefore online classes are a great option to take instead of classroom classes because online classes are significantly lower in cost in comparison to colleges. Not only are online classes lower in cost but they will also allow students to save  money on many other expenses like commuting and food since they will be taking the classes at their own place there will be no need to commute which keeps them from spending on gas, and they will be able to eat at home instead of spending on food, These are only a couple of examples of extra expenses they will be saving their money on but there are many other little expenses that can be prevented simply by taking classes at home. The fact that online classes are lower in cost will allow many of people to stop being afraid and earn a higher education to better themselves.

Learning in a more comfortable environment is another benefit that online education offers. Students will no longer need to physically attend class sessions. The Lectures and other materials are sent to the student electronically, The student are then be able to read and complete their assignments all through the computer. “Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.” (Open Education Database). having to go through traffic, waiting for a bus, looking for parking space and having to physically go to classes every day will definitely make students to stress out and keep them from focusing in their education.  The comfortable environment might not seem like much of importance in the education of the student but it actually is helpful because it keeps the student free from stress and focused on just his education by not having to go through these struggles they would otherwise if they attended class.

Online classes also offer flexibility, According to the article Benefits of Online Education “Students have the freedom to juggle their careers and school because they aren’t tied down to a fixed schedule.” by (Community College of Aurora) . With online classes students are able have a job while at the same time  earning a higher education. Although students are still able to have a job while attending any four year college they will struggle a lot more because they have a harder time fixing their schedule to fit their job. Students being able to fix their schedule to be able to is  work very       helpful because every student will be in need of money for any materials they might need to keep up with their education. Not only are they making money to pay for any materials they might need or for food but they are also learning to manage their time, and getting extra work experience to become successful.

Based on Open Education Database “Students have more interaction and greater ability to concentrate”.  In a classroom setting many students tend  not to participate because of the fear of having the wrong answer or just shy to speak up. When students do not participate they start losing focus on what is going on in the class and they do not learn as much as they would if they were participating with the class. Therefore participating in class is key for learning because not only are students more focused but they are having more practice by participating. Online classes are great for having students participate, online classes offer shy students the opportunity to participate in online chats while a class discussion. Students are more willing to participate in answering  questions and giving their opinions because online classes allows them to do so electronically rather than person to person, This is a great way to get rid of the fear student have of speaking in class which keeps them from participating. Students also concentrate better with online classes because they do not get distracted by other students.

Another benefit of taking online classes is that students avoid having to commute to their college. According to Open Education Database “Many students also find that the amount they save on fuel costs can be substantial if they don’t have to commute to a physical campus in general, no matter what the weather conditions maybe”. Not having to commute is an extra benefit that online classes offer which makes them more attractive to students they don’t have to physically go to their classes. Storms or other conditions that may cause colleges to cancel classes can keep a student’s education back. Online classes solve this problem because they will continue offering classes no matter the weather conditions and the student does not have to go outside of their home into the harsh weather.

According to the article by  the Detroit News “Online Learning Key to College Readiness”, “in order for high school graduates to be prepared fully for success in the 21st century, it would be beneficial for them to have gained experience with online learning while in primary or secondary school”. Although online classes offer as many courses as colleges do, online classes are still helpful in getting younger students prepared for college if they end up deciding to attend  a college instead of continuing with online classes. Online classes offer higher level classes to younger students so that they get exposed to the amount of effort required for college courses. Online classes also transfer credit which means that students may even start earning college credit early by taking college level courses online. Another benefit of online classes is that incase a student has not yet completed any ore-requirement for college, they can complete it online and be ready to start their college career. Whether they choose to go to college or to continue with online education taking  online classes before they choose either one is still a great option because they will feel more confident about the hard work the higher level classes require.

“Limitations only go so far” by Robert M.Hensel. Online courses are beneficial to all students because of the many things it has to offer but they are also specially beneficial to disabled students which allows them to learn without any limitations. As Robert M. Hensel says in the article The Benefits of Online Education For Disabled Students “16 percent of overall American population identify themselves as disabled”. With so many people with disabilities, online classes are a great way to make sure those with disabilities still have the opportunity to earn their education. The main problem disabled people have is not being able to move around therefore online classes are helpful because they no longer have to go anywhere, they can simply get their education at home. Disabled people have enough of a hard time with their disability and if they are uneducated it makes it almost impossible for them to find  job. With online classes they are able earn a higher education which will help them find a job that does not require physical work but knowledge so that their disability will not be a problem.

References

  1. Hensel, R. (2015, January 1). The benefit of online educationfor disabled students. Retrieved March 5, 2015. http://www.onlineuniversities.com/articles/students/the-benefits-of-online-ed-for-disabled-students/

online learning key to college readiness. (2015, January 1). Retrieved March 5, 2015, from http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2014/11/20/online-learning-key-college-ready/19290981/

Benefits of Online education. (2015, January 1). Retrieved March 5, 2015, from http://www.ccaurora.edu/programs-classes/online-learning/benefits-online-education

Ten advantages to taking online classes. (2012, January 10). Retrieved March 4, 2015, from http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/10-advantages-to-taking-online-classes/

Whats the price tag for a College education? (2010, January 1). Retrieved March 4, 2015, from http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064

Average cost of college rises again. (2014, November 13). Retrieved March 7, 2015, from http://college.usatoday.com/2014/11/13/stock-up-on-ramen-average-cost-of-college-rises-again/

B.Ury, A. (2011, August 24). The History of online education decade-by-decade. Retrieved March 7, 2015, from http://news.everestonline.edu/post/2011/08/the-history-of-online-education-decade-by-decade/#.VP3Ob_nF9cZ

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