Advantages of online education
1. It is affordable
Online learning is far much affordable than traditional learning. Apart from not traveling to attend your classes, online courses are cheaper. The tuition fee for online courses in many universities and colleges in the US is less than half of what on-campus students pay. For example, a 9 weeks coder camp will cost $10,000, while the college cost for a four-year program at the campus is likely to be more than $80,000.
2. It is convenient and flexible
Online education is suitable for people of all ages. You don’t have to worry because you are working or committed in other things, online learning allows you to learn at the time you wish (your free time). Most online courses only require ten to twenty hours every week. Taking an online course is the best thing for students that are looking to get the best out of their available time.
3. Improve your skills
Online tutors focus on teaching their students the skills that will make them marketable. With traditional education, students have to learn other subjects which makes it harder for some of them to grasp the main subject properly. Online tutors only focus on the subjects of your course and give you the information that you need to become a pro.
4. Learn updated things
In a traditional class, new updates in a course take long before they are implemented. That is not the case with online learning. When you take an online course, you are sure that you will be getting the most up to date information.
Disadvantages of online education
1. No face-to-face interaction
You can connect with your tutor via video conferencing, but that is not the case with all online courses. In some online courses, you can only interact with your tutor via chat only. Some concepts require you to have a face-to-face interaction with your tutor.
Not all online courses have been accredited. It will be a waste of your time if you enroll for a degree in an online college or university that has not been accredited. Your skills may improve, but getting a job will not be easy for you.
Online learning is for students that are disciplined. There is no one to guide you. You have to set your own schedule. If you are not good at managing your time, it might not be easy for you. Remember, an online course is in no way easier than a traditional course. You have to do your best to pass. Luckily, employers consider online students as professionals with self discipline and good time management skills.