The Controversy Of Distance Education

It was just really nice to hear that there is a developing alternative method available for people to avail of education even outside the school premises. It was interesting to witness that the world has really been on its track towards globalization and progress. I agree that technological advancement is one of the most evident proofs for almost everyone. I believe that the development of distant education is on its way to being widely accepted by both students and educators because of its inherent and obvious benefits for parties (students and teachers), the government and the business sector. My stand is that distant education, online education, or interactive education, whatever anyone prefers, as an alternative method of knowledge acquisition cannot and should not replace traditional classroom education even if it be an indication of the world’s progress.

Andrew Feenberg, in his article entitled “Reflections on the Distance Learning Controversy” has clearly shown favor for the online education as one of the pioneers of such program. His admiration for the purpose of the program is so obvious when he said that “the virtual classroom was a place of intense intellectual and human interaction” (A. Feenberg). I am personally in favor of pursuing distant education, knowing that such method can help a lot non-traditional students. It maybe possible that “intense intellectual and human interaction”, as Feenberg claimed, can happen in online education. This is so because intelligent and smart students can be found anywhere else in the world, regardless of their nationality and age, as well as teachers. I also agree that such kind of students can be shaped by online education but like traditional classroom learning, the case is relative. I said so because learning depends on how eager and dedicated students are.

For Feenberg to say that “the quality of these online discussions surpasses anything I have been able to stimulate in my face-to-face” is something I would have to strongly disagree with. Feenberg spoke of his personal experience as an online teacher. The bias here is that not all teachers find the same thing. Linda Sweeney, in her article entitled “Guidelines for Being a Good Online Student” expressed her frustration in having students with bad learning habits who are to be kept reminded of their schedules. The obvious factor here is attitude. One problem with online education is the attitude of instructors, students, and administrators (D. Valentine). The quality of education depends on how the parties involved behave towards online education and how much importance do they place on the program. As one Professor stated, “The students’ interest, motivation, questioning, and interaction must be on display throughout the learning process” (A.Arsham). As with the traditional classroom lectures, students and teachers interaction is vital in the learning process. The personal exchange of information and views are indications that both parties are interested on what they are discussing about. When students make queries or clarifications on the lesson, it means that students are taking things seriously.

Face-to-face class discussion has the advantage of on-the-spot monitoring of those who are showing interest because the students and teachers are physically with each other at the same time and at the same place. This means that checking the students’ attitudes is immediate. This is hardly possible with distance learning where teachers have to do time-consuming e-mail just to remind students of their schedules. So Feenberg cannot absolutely claim that online discussions can surpass that one done with face-to-face. It is however admirable for Feenberg to admit that distance learning systems cannot replace face-to-face classroom education, as he stressed in his conclusion.

How To Compare Colleges

Your college education is one of the most expensive “products” you will ever purchase. You need to compare many different options to be sure you get the most for your money. No college is perfect for everyone, and there are probably only one or two colleges that are ideal for you. Your college experience will influence the rest of your life, so you need to select carefully but without procrastination.

College costs are a huge issue, but not as nasty as you may assume. The most expensive schools all offer significant scholarships for those in need, so any school can turn out to be relatively inexpensive to you or even free if you make the effort. Don’t rule out any school without looking into their financial aid options first. And take the initiative to ask a college or university for more money if they don’t offer you enough to make it affordable.

There are several available college assessments that rank every university according to academics, student happiness, and a number of other factors. These lists are somewhat useful to determine the general learning and social atmosphere each school provides, but they are not always accurate or sufficiently detailed concerning what the school is actually like. Take advantage of these lists to consider how future employers will likely perceive your educational achievements there, regardless of your actual experience as a student.

Ivy League schools “infuse” your educational records with the extra boost you may need to be recognized for different job opportunities after graduation, despite that such colleges are not always as great as their reputations might otherwise imply. The learning atmosphere is extremely competitive, but you can get the high-status connections for post-college success. There are many less well known schools with more low-key learning styles and superior educations.

One crucial consideration when evaluating your college choices is the location. Every college or university is part of its setting. Do you want to live in the city or the country? Do you want an isolated campus or one that is distributed throughout a town? Do you prefer proximity to a beach or the mountains? Remember, you’re only in the classroom itself for so long; the rest of the time you will live in the geographical setting. Try not to feel intimidated about leaving home to live on or near campus. It can be a great experience in independent living.

When planning for college, give a higher priority to how you want to learn rather than what you want to learn. You will have plenty of time to pick a major, but for the short term focus on your preferred teaching style and the type of educational environment in which you learn most effectively. You can go to a huge university with large lecture halls and many tests, or a small school with seminar discussions and more emphasis on written essays.

Bear in mind, you can always transfer if you decide after the fact that you don’t like the college you selected. Almost half of all college students attend more than one school before they graduate.

How to Select an Online College Degree Program

You can now earn a college degree online without the need to travel to a college campus. Online degree programs are often taken by people who have already entered the workforce and don’t have the time to attend classes at a university. Online degrees also tend to be much less expensive than a normal university and take much less time to complete the degree. The trade off is that the quality of education is typically much lower through an online university.

Enrollment in online schools has increased dramatically during the past several years, according to the International Data Corporation. The number of available online colleges is also increasing every year. There are many phoney schools, unfortunately, that will gladly take your money and provide you a piece of paper saying it’s a degree but is, in fact, just a piece of paper. Be very cautious and thorough in your search for legitimate options.

When selecting one, look first for accreditation. If the school is not accredited by an organization approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Dept. of Education, then it is not a valid university and cannot legally offer you a real degree.

Keep an eye out for one that is well respected and doesn’t boast about how easy it is to graduate. A good education should be challenging. After all, if you don’t learn anything, you’re not getting your money’s worth. Make sure you choose a school that can provide an education in the exact subjects and major you want to study. Most online programs offer a wide array of possible majors, but every school specializes in something different. Try to determine each school’s specialty, and then focus on what you need. Read all available literature that you can find on each college that interests you.

When taking online classes, be sure you can arrange your course load around your other life responsibilities. Also ensure you have a speedy Internet connection for your classes and work material. Most universities offer quite a bit of convenience for arranging your schedule around online lectures or discussions. You will definitely have to spend a lot of time studying, so make sure you set aside enough time to keep up with the word load.

An online education should not cost as much as a physical university because they do not need to pay for buildings, and instructors from all over the world can be in the same digital classroom. Shop around for a deal, but don’t select the cheapest online school since its quality will almost certainly be much worse.

All-in-all, an online degree can provide you the extra credentials you need to get your career jump started or moving beyond where it is. Most businesses don’t care where you received your degree, as long as you have one that is legitimate, accredited, and relevant to your career position.