Guest Post: Quality Of Online Schools Is Compared And Questioned Against Their Traditional Counterparts

Online education has been a hot topic in recent years as more people, particularly Millennials, are turning to it as an alternative way of learning. Technology is changing the possibilities for education, and crowdsourced courses are even available, which tap into a Millennial mindset of collaborative learning. However, online courses can also have drawbacks and often aren't considered as credible as traditional education. Estelle Shumann, a writer at OnlineSchools.org, a resource for digital education, discusses the debate and how online education is expected to evolve.

Guest Post: Quality Of Online Schools Is Compared And Questioned Against Their Traditional Counterparts

Online EducationOnline schooling is growing extremely rapidly. At the current rate, students who are enrolled in at least one online class will reach 50% of the total student population before 2020. At the same time, recent studies have concluded that virtual classrooms have some significant disadvantages over their traditional counterparts. With the field growing quickly, it is important to address the concerns regarding quality of online education today.

Already, a significant number of students are taking or have taken online courses. According to green news service smartplanet, the growth rate of online education continues at an astronomical 10% per year. This figure is over ten times the growth rate of education overall. Now, out of a total 20 million students, over 5 million are taking at least one online class. In 2011, 560,000 more students took an online course than in the previous year.

The lack of a physical campus has some drawbacks, but can also lead to a number of advantages. Costs are significantly reduced, for one thing. Lectures can reach and engage students across the globe. Course materials can be…

 
 

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