posted November 28, 2017
As the technological revolution continues and more individuals are accessing and mastering online proficiencies, institutions of higher learning have followed suit to transition themselves into the modern age. This means brick-and-mortar colleges are introducing additional online courses to their semester catalogs and more institutions are being created that serve their students entirely through online degree offerings.
The Cultural Shift Toward Education
This shift seems natural when considering why so many people choose to pursue a degree online. For some, the flexibility of an online education is a better fit for busy day-to-day schedules. Others believe the commute to and from classes puts too much strain on their time. Many find the only way to balance work life, family life and an education is to learn from a laptop at home, on their own time. No matter the reason, more people are finding that an online degree is the right course of action for them to achieve their academic goals.
During the recession, the increase in online learning skyrocketed because so many individuals saw the feasibility of pursuing a degree online. But like any large shift in cultural norms, not everyone is approving of online learning. Some say that traditional, face-to-face classes involving student discourse and the physical presence of a professor is the only way students can properly learn. However, the U.S. Department of Education reported that students in online courses performed better, on average, than those who learned the same material through traditional, in-person courses.
A Good Investment of Time and Money
Another study conducted in 2013, surveyed 1,500 online graduates and reported that most students found their online education to be a good investment of time and money. Additionally, many participants secured new jobs, full-time jobs, raises and promotions soon after their graduation date.
Some might say that it’s hard to establish a connection between the student and professor through a distance learning environment. At CSU, we have seen the growth of student social media groups, online chat study sessions and interpersonal connections made through online classes that have lasted beyond the student’s last semester.
In a world where more people are meeting through dating websites, social media platforms, and blogs, who is to say that the same culture shift can’t permeate through education? If distance education is the norm today what do you think future of education can hold?