Should students be able to complete a high school diploma or college degree without ever stepping foot on a physical campus? What are the benefits/drawbacks to virtual high schools/universities where students can complete all of the requirements of a diploma/degree online?
Since technology is speeding up and expenses of living are increasing, it has become necessary for many students to work and study at the same time. Busy schedules often make it difficult for some students or to decide on whether to keep their jobs or complete their schooling. With that effect, there are some students who opt to drop out of school to keep their jobs. Nevertheless, these students have the option getting their degree without even stepping foot on physical campus. Such students may opt for an online degree program to keep up with their fast life style. It is therefore better for these students to have an online schooling instead of wasting time going to school where as there is other option they can create i.e. investing their time and money with the view of building themselves while having the same education they. This can be achieved without missing the opportunity of being free to do more with their time (Shoaf, 2007).
There are advantages and disadvantages of online degree programs. Studies have shown that teachers and students alike were very satisfied with the results they get from online classes, because of the opportunity for individualized teaching and learning. In addition they are more focused on learning instruction (Shoaf, 2007). Online learning has given them a free subdual in that they have freedom of managing their own time. This advantage of online learning will be very helpful for students with disabilities, or even students with religious believes and practices that prevent them from having long days in the school calendar that make it challenging for some students to attend to their traditional [religious obligations?] (Shoaf, 2007).
Another advantage of online degree programs is that they meets almost all students’ needs without leaving anyone behind. This is because students in a traditional classroom could sometimes find it challenging to meet all their needs, due to the sizes of the classroom or larger student numbers in the classes that end up preventing some students from engaging with other students or teachers (Shoaf, 2007).
Amongst the disadvantages of online schooling is that students lack the opportunity for social interaction with other students, thereby making them isolated from the society. This reduces their emotional intelligence due to lack of social interaction. In addition, these students miss some of the social activities such as art or music and sports. Therefore, these types of courses need to have an interaction with other students and their teachers. It is unfortunate that online schooling cannot provide this (Shoaf, 2007).
The necessity of knowledge is increasing time for the different stages of life and also the specialty to develop a better work and improve the living standards in addition to having fun in life (Songhao et al., 2011). Another benefit of online schooling is to build an environment to serve people’s needs for gaining knowledge and skills to enlighten our society. It has become very important in a much easier way, for that reason, we are hoping to get some advantage from the benefit of high quality from online schooling anytime, anywhere. This is because it is necessary for the right selection of knowledge that can meet people’s needs (Songhao et al., 2011).
However, what are the disadvantages of online schooling that has made it not to become all that functional? The fact that asynchronous access in communication with each other and participation in online schooling, hard to understand their need. This is because the kind of isolation students face when in an E-learning schools makes them less motivated to complete E-learning process (Songhao et al., 2011).
To have an effective online program, it is important to build a new environment for E-learning that is more effective to online education and teaching or rather the knowledge through an effective interaction between participants to have an appropriate and effective communication during the E-learning process (Songhao et al., 2011)
There are basic and important points to build on in order to have successful E-learning capable of satisfying both students and their instructors to successfully achieve their goals in E-learning (Songhao et al., 2011) The main points for this success deals with how to have a strong and collaborative learning environment between teachers and the students. This effective communication has to ensure that these students are motivated to learn even during times of disturbance other than ensuring there is fast commendation at the same moment (Songhao et al., 2011).
Quite a number of recent studies have shown that successful and unsuccessful usage of E-learning in education, and lots of e-learning processes had different outcomes due to the unknown and uncertain results comprising between E-learning and the verbal learning. The two are incomparable because of the huge difference in the number of the student either in online schools or the tradition schooling system. Therefore, it is easier to tell which learning process is the most effective
Many researchers have also shown that there are some developments in the outcomes of the E-learning attributed to the effective system planning
Researchers also found out that there is need to have a successful E-learning by having multidimensional model standards that can ensure proper communication feedback used from the E-learning process is effective when planning this learning strategy. The reason that there are unsatisfactory results due to lack of knowledge from the learners and lecturers in this project have proven its failure. To solve this issue, the approach that deals with E-learning and its outcome have to standardize the guides for the E-learning and what is expected from learning outcome. This guide has the ability to evaluate E-learning based on the standard guide (Fetaji & Fetaji, 2009).
The proposed indicators and methodology will guarantee a successful E-learning process and give the chance to have a clear comparison and evaluation for new future E-learning projects. Researchers have also created a tool to realize and make a comparison for different platforms for e-learning, such as Angel and Moodle. The models are used to make comparison and evaluation of the E-learning process and output from it (Fetaji & Fetaji, 2009). This methodology will work its best on the E-learning project when applied in the correct way. It will also ensure that E-learning project achieves higher efficiency and the best result (Fetaji & Fetaji, 2009)
The need for the online courses and online degrees is increasing and actually serving a lot of students such that they cannot be in the same city where there school is located or even those with busy schedules due to their work. Most of the students having the benefit of online programs are graduate students more than undergraduates (Moloney & Oakley, 2010).
These online courses when they started had been decided to be (ALN); Asynchronous Learning Networks. This is because of the ALN technology. There is a huge percentage on increase in engagement in this learning process and there is an expectation of huge growths of nearly 20% in the coming years (
Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) has worked with this learning process to ensure that it will have the best help to improve. This is because (Sloan–C) has worked to support the ALN and had a huge improvement on the a research which has found out that online school has been a better option for many students who have highly enrolled for the programs especially those student in higher education (Moloney & Oakley, 2010).
In conclusion, online schooling is necessary for students in doing work and studying at the same time. In addition, it makes it easier for them to keep up with their lifestyle. However, there are some benefits/drawbacks that researchers have established and must be addressed to develop e-learning further.
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