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Is Online Education for You?

Is Online Education for You?

November 30, 1999

The Internet has broken down language barriers, blended country boundaries, and expanded traditional learning methods. Today, learning at home is not only possible, but is highly recommended.  The World Wide Web gives students resources that otherwise would not be available, in the blink of an eye.

Online Education

Online education includes a full spectrum of possibilities, starting with early childhood education and continuing on to college preparation.  With today's advanced technology, complete learning programs exist for obtaining a college degree. Online courses open a world of possibilities to people who for any given reason were unable to attend regular school programs.   Many people have personal and professional commitments that leave them with a limited amount of free time, making it extremely difficult to stick to a traditional, full-time learning schedule.

The Evolution of Education

Moreover, home school is becoming more and more popular in the United States and other countries. School attendance became compulsory in the 19th century, leaving the privilege of utilizing home school options to wealthy families,.

The 20th century brought a new educational concept: distance learning--a new type of home school. This new method of learning did not become mainstream until the information superhighway was opened to the general public in the early 1990s.  Soon after, online education became the most popular and reliable option for students of any age, race, sex, language or location.

Who Enrolls in Online Degree Programs?

Anyone with a computer and Internet connection--whether from home, from your office, from a library or from a cybercafe--has the key to unlock knowledge through online education.  Many schools often offer hybrid learning options, where some courses are taken in the classroom and some courses are taken online. With this type of degree program, online courses are complementary to learning programs or extracurricular activities.

Choosing the Right Online Degree Program

When deciding if online education is right for you, consider these three important factors:

  • Internet availability
  • Number of hours available to be online
  • Personal goals for enrolling in the online degree program

Primary, secondary and high school education programs are usually available as separate programs designed to enhance school learning. More often college degrees and technical career degree programs are available as complete educational units for those who have no time to study in a traditional classroom setting.

Online Degree Programs Go Beyond Traditional School Subjects

Online education is not limited to exploring traditional school subjects. Demand for adult education and online courses are some of the most widely available educational resources on the Internet, intended for developing specific skills. Cooking and baking courses, mechanical reparations, and interior decoration, are just a few of the hundreds of courses available online. 

Whatever your do decide, if you have the opportunity to take an online course, grab it!  Life is a long-term learning process.  In this day and age, we are given the tools to learn that other generations would have appreciated.