Is an Online Education Better Than a Traditional Class Education?
What’s This About? Online Education has steadily been growing since its advancement from mail and radio education. In fact, in today’s sophisticated world, classes can be done on a smart phone or laptop anywhere there’s WiFi. Detractors argue that nothing can beat a traditional class education. Which begs the question: with all these advancements in education, which is better? Online? Or traditional?
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“I agree…” For the first time in civilization, a high quality education has become available at the touch of a button. Most programs online present a strong education for a fraction of the price. When one considers tuition, living costs, and travel costs the concept of a traditional education loses its value. The average tuition of a good school calculates to nearly $30,000+ while an online program is $10,000+. The flexibility and speed of an online education can push a dedicated student for a better price. In addition, students taking online courses tend to score higher than their traditional class counterparts. The average traditional test taker scores in the 50th percentile, while the online test taker would score in the 59th percentile. With greater developments in online education, it makes sense that online education is the ideal education for the future.
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“I disagree…” Although online education has made significant leaps since its inception, it cannot beat the value of a live classroom. People are social beings, and it is much easier to make a lasting impression in person than over a computer screen. In addition, there is a level of prestige that cannot be matched by an online program. Although better schools are reaching online status, the best schools are still limited online, and so is their course diversity. There is no Columbia Law or Harvard Medical programs available for online students. If anything, online courses are usually fixed into trades and business training. It is most likely for these reasons that these students score so highly. Finally, there is the issue of technical difficulties. While a snowstorm may limit one from going to class, a simple computer virus can derail an entire course. For these reasons, it still makes more sense to pursue it for the future.
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1. What is the debate about?
2. What is the score of the average traditional test taker?
3. What about the online test taker?
1. What are the advantages of online education?
2. What are the bad sides of online education?
3. Do you want to go to a university in the future? Where do you want to go to? Why?