Why is it that online education is increasingly the option of choice for many people in search of a college degree?
There are, of course, many reasons that one could cite, from fashion to convenience to the need to go on working while you study. But surely economic considerations are the ones that loom largest for most people who are exploring this option. So, let’s look at this factor, briefly.
It is certainly true that, unless you’ve got the financial wherewithal to attend a traditional brick-and-mortar institution full-time, the following advantages of online education are hard to dismiss:
- No driving to and from campus (with gas prices where they are).
- Keeping your job (taking your courses through BlackBoard, eCollege, or some other web-based educational software makes it much easier to go to school while continuing to work).
- Reduced cost (online-ed tends to be far cheaper than campus-based study).
Of course, there are also disadvantages to online education. You may have very little direct interaction with your professor or with fellow students, and learning is often enhanced through such interactions.
But life is a matter of tradeoffs. Moreover, you need not tie yourself entirely to online-ed. You can, for instance, get some crucial courses and credits out of the way online, and then transfer them to a campus-based degree program.
In any case—especially if you need to continue working while you study—online education is an option you will definitely want to consider.