Initially traditional schools were more reticent [to offer online programs]. Now, a lot more are getting involved. They'll be part of the landscape going forward.
As the dawn of the Internet age shrinks geographical and cultural borders, online education has brought individuals closer with multimedia tools. And as the costs of acquiring substantial knowledge and skills through formal education become higher, online courses and certifications seem more than ever to take the spotlight as a viable alternative to the traditional approach of acquiring quality education.
From additional fringe expenditures to building construction and maintenance, the requirements of traditional classroom-setting education entail a greater amount of investment-a stark contrast to online learning, the requirements of which only include minimal expenses on computers, multimedia devices, and reliable broadband Internet.
The government, when faced with economic challenges, may implement budget cuts on different sectors in national expenditures-sectors that may include education in the process. Thus, the cheaper alternative of online learning may just be the right answer to providing formal education without the hefty spending on classrooms, buildings, and other related expenses.
Ease of Acquiring Knowledge and Skills
In the past century, we have seen the greatest technological advancement in terms of information dissemination across many cultures and regions around the world. The Internet has indeed resulted in unlimited possibilities in terms of information sharing and, in effect, learning. Online courses, for example, can be completed in a specified time regardless of your geographical location.
Non-interactive educational materials, such as DVDs, video lectures, and downloadable texts, allow students to individualize their schedules in accordance to their learning needs and abilities. For example, fast learners may take the advantage of hastening their acquisition of knowledge and skills by completing specific courses on time. On the other hand, those who may find the need to take more time to grasp the topics may follow schedules that would be more appropriate for them.
Because online learning does not happen in a classroom setting, where the rather large student population results to diminished attention on an individual basis, more attention is given to each individual, which results to the immediate identification of challenges or needs that may arise at any point of the online course.
Internet technology transcends international, geographical, and cultural borders, resulting to the diminishing cases of discrimination based on sex, race, age, and physical appearance. Such positive outcome on a global scale is heralded as one of the greatest benefits of online education.
With the advantages that online education offers, the government has finally acknowledged the existence of such alternatives, as marked by accreditation programs that cover online schools. Indeed, the future of online learning is here.