The idea for online
my final blog I watched an interview at www.charlierose.org with Google Fellow
and C.E.O. and co-founder of Udacity, an online education program, Sebastian
Thrun. He shares where the conception for online classes came from and why he
believes they are successful. I found the interview very
interesting and would like to share my opinion on it.
years, if people wanted to get a degree, or even just learn
something new, they would sign up for a course at a bricks-and-mortar organization,
pay any appropriate cost, then physically show up class and find
direction in life. However these days there are several reasons that can hinder a student from beginning, and eventually accomplishing, a college education in a conventional college or University.
A number of these reasons include: the fact of tuition fee and different other education-related
costs, planning challenges, academic arrangement
problems, furthermore as basic problems of geography, including distance from a school’s campus.
As a result, many students avoid the higher education path before they really have had an opportunity to urge traction on their college journey. The same goes for grown up learners who
knows that where they want to be career-wise enforces further education. !!But
that was until the point
when online learning started. Today numerous U.S. colleges and universities currently provide full
degree programs online. This exposes
all kinds of prospects for students around the world. !!Within
the latest Global Shapers Survey of
25,000 youngsters from across the globe, 77.84% of respondents announced having
taken online courses before. So is
online learning the future of education?
But before answering that, it’s necessary to know that there are two main varieties of online education. !! The first one is the for-credit
courses where students matriculated in post-secondary
education take online classes offered
by home or other higher education learning foundations
for credit. !! The second form of online education contains professional training and certification preparation. !!Such web based learning is typically routed for
professionals or students looking for training or preparing for certification exams. The common age of students trying to get into the
for-credit program is about twenty four. The average age of the second type is thirty four. These are people in the middle of
their careers. They are not free to leave
everything and spend a few years
studying instead of working, but don’t wish
to be left behind in the matter of employment
opportunities, because there is a growing
need for worker with skills and advanced
training, many of that are achieved through a college education.
Furthermore, according to a study by the
Harvard Graduate School of Education, many of those with no more than a
high-school degree have fallen out of the middle class, even as those who have
been to college, and especially those with bachelors and advanced degrees, have
raised up. In 2008,
median earnings of employees with bachelor’s degrees
were sixty five percent higher than those of
high school graduates and
workers with associate’s degrees, just like
the Bachelor’s and master’s degree, earned
seventy three percent
more than those who had not completed high school. In the Global Shapers
Survey, close to half (47.79%) of respondents said they would be willing
to achieve certification for
certain skills, including online certification, once they have started their
working careers. This once more speaks to the great potential
and market for online education.
But the progress of online education has not been without challenges. Since its early beginning within the Sixties, online education has been constantly criticized for
its lack of quality control, significantly the deficiency
of high-quality teachers. This gets even more difficult when
you think about the international dimensions. For years,
cross-border credit or degree accreditation has been a serious issue for
various education systems. The flexibility of online learning will only make
that tougher. It’s
also been said that online learning take
apart students of a number the advantages of
being in a classroom, like teacher-student interaction.
most of the courses offered by the school can be completed without the mediation of a professor, teachers are still
necessary to assist and guidance when required and to make courseware. Online education has also been seen critical
because of the lake of the campus experience, particularly if you’re coming
straight from high school and the necessity of up-to-date computer and Interne and right and fast
technology. But also that high-quality schools
charged the same price for online and in-person programs.
But regardless of these concerns whether or not online
education can ever be as good as more traditional formats, I see the advantage
of online education to create quality education for people everywhere in the
world accessible, particularly the poor and underserved.
According to Wikipedia the number of Internet users has increased from 738 million
in 2000 to 3.2 billion in 2015, but an estimated 58
million of primary aged children are still out of school and 781 million adults
over the age of 15 estimated to be illiterate. Today there are many designs for “low cost” access devices in developing
countries, so even if a 5% of them use online education, the world would be far better.
These are just
a few of my points on online education. !!How do
you think of online learning programs in contrast to in-person programs? What
are the great or awful qualities you think online programs have? Is online
education the magical answer to college cost and scheduling problems?!!! Is it the end of the typical college live?!
What so you think on using online education in developing counties?