Deciding Between An Online Degree And A Traditional School For Your Education
April 9, 2013
•Preparing for College, Career Tips & Resources, IADT San Antonio
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In today’s world, “distance learning” is popular and has enabled many people who couldn’t have done so previously to receive an education after high school. Yet many are unsure if online education is for them, and there are others who prefer “traditional” physical, location-based education. Let’s talk about the advantages and benefits of an online degree program here, and see if these criteria help to convince you of online school merits.
When deciding between an online education and a traditional school, the major issue is usually time investment. Students fresh out of high school expect to go away to school, or to at least dedicate a full-time approach to their secondary education. This involves a full course load and part-time work when not in class, at the most. On the other hand, students who pursue online education often work full-time. The advantage of online schooling for them is that they can “attend” their classes when they are not at work – usually at night or on the weekends. This enables them to work or take care of their families while pursuing an education. They like the convenience of an online education that enables them to manage their time and duties proactively.
There is also the matter of geographic location. Oftentimes a student can have his or her heart set upon a school that is far away. The distance and expense incurred in moving and living there simply makes the school an impossibility. With the advent of online education, however, many colleges and universities now offer online courses leading to degrees, which enable far-flung students and even international students to study digitally and earn a degree from their desired academic institution.
On the other hand, students who truly wish to enjoy the collegiate experience of living with others and meeting new people, as well as students who benefit from more external motivation to study, may prefer the more direct and guided education that can come from attending a physical school location where they interact with an instructor face-to-face.