Higher Education Guide: Online vs. Traditional Universities

If physically getting to the college/university is a challenge, you may want to consider online universities.  Many universities are able to offer quality degree programs online.  This is especially helpful for people who often have transportation problems.

Benefits of Attending Online Universities

Just like any traditional university, you want to make sure that it is accreditted and has a quality program.  According to http://www.onlineuniversities.net/pros-and-cons.html, there are many benefits to attending an online university:

There are definite benefits to attending school online. For instance, online universities offer greater convenience than their physical counterparts. Classes can be taken at whatever time works for your schedule. This flexibility makes it easier to get an education while still working a full-time job. It also allows you to go back to school even if you’re living abroad or far away from a traditional college or university.

Some students may find online courses to be more personal and interactive than courses taken in a large classroom setting. A recent study conducted for the United States Department of Education found that students in online classes performed better than students in face-to-face, on-campus classes. However, online classes require different skills than traditional community college or university courses. The successful completion of an online class requires, at the very least, a high degree of self-motivation, a quiet place to work, a reliable Internet connection, and basic computer skills.

Are you going to get help when you need it? Do you have access to tutors or the instructor when you need them to ask questions?  Trying to explain how to solve a math problem is easier face-to-face than online, but it can be done.  You just need to make sure you have excellent communication skills.

Cons of Attending Online Universities

According to http://www.onlineuniversities.net/pros-and-cons.html, there are many benefits to choosing the traditional university route and several reasons not to get your degree online.  Since this section is rather long, I will summarize the main points below.  Feel free to go back to the link above to read more.

  1. Employers are slowly beginning to accept online degrees.
  2. If you earn an online degree in any major area of study that usually requires hands-on lab time, like engineering or the physical sciences, your degree will most likely be seen as insufficient in the job market.
  3. A web-based education is most valuable when it adds to skills you already posses.
  4. Online for-profit universities are not cheap.
  5. Online classes will need about 20 hours of work each week. Getting an education is a serious commitment and requires a high degree of self-discipline.

A Third Option

Some traditional universities offer online degree programs.


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