University life and work ethics are beginning to change because more universities are embracing digital tools at their disposal to provide an efficient learning to students. The Internet is a great tool for research among students but there are still questions begging for answers with regards to the Internet and education. Can online education be a substitute or alternative to the common trend? How much online presence should a university have? Still we cannot ignore that the trend of online education has added a new dimension to the modern system.
Universities are pushing the frontiers of online courses
Programs like Moodle and Blackboard that provide a learning platform, which beats time and space barriers, are currently being exploited by universities. Online courses have made the duration flexible in which faculties can complete their course requirements since no physical presence is required of the students or their professors.
Universities are benefiting financially from online education
Online courses are in particular more attractive to students and faculties can expand the number of students they can take relatives to the classroom education. This claim was substantiated in an article published in the Economist which revealed that Stanford and Harvard have affiliated platforms online for disseminating Massive Open Online Courses free of charge.
The Economist predicts that only a small school will remain relevant
The woes of brick and mortar schools will be compounded by not only the free online courses currently being offered by some universities but also because students rate the experience from online courses more valuable. This must have prompted the prediction in the Economist that only a few schools with low teacher to student ratio will remain relevant in the era of free universities.
Students seek online courses to supplement their degrees
Recent finding has shown that the reason why many students seek online courses is to supplement their degrees. This is a better and cost efficient step to take rather than enrolling in a school. Universities that provide online courses know this and see it as one of their strong points.
A huge bulk of courses is offered during the summer semester
Summer breaks are often utilized by students to seek paid employment. This means that students who are eager to upgrade their course marks or spike their credits upfront will need to find a way around their employment schedules and online courses can easily fit into any schedule. Research has shown that students spend more on online courses during the summer break which attests to the demand for flexible courses among students.
Online courses are broken into small groups
The idea behind many of the online courses is to provide forums where students can engage in discussions that are a little different from classroom seminars but not wanting in the level of engagement. Classroom seminars do not allow everyone to contribute equally since the pace of reasoning of everyone differs. Online discussion gives everyone time to think through their contribution.
Online courses can be disappointing for students who lack discipline
Discipline is very crucial for students offering online education. Since there is no pressure on their part, there is a higher tendency for laxity to take over. Currently, the dropout rate in online education is placed at twenty percent which is five percent higher than dropout from classroom courses.
Online courses offer a dual learning process
Irrespective of the course under study, the student is saliently inbuilt with Internet and computer literacy. Students learn better interaction among themselves in a digital fashion, a skill which will come handy in digital media workplaces. As policies continue to evolve in reshaping online courses, it is our sincere hope that the core values of the system will not be lost.
- University work ethics are changing with trend.
- It is unclear how much online presence a university should have.
- The Internet is a good research tool among students.
- Faculty course completion time has been made flexible by online programs.
- Online programs do not require physical presence.
- Harvard is running a free online course program.
- The Economist predicted that a whole number of traditional schools will fade away with time.
- Students take up online degrees to supplement their credit.
- Students on summer employment can fit online education in their schedule.
- Classroom seminars lead to contribution bias.
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