In recent years, virtual learning has become increasingly common, even at the K-12 level. Online education is most commonly seen at the college level, with seemingly more students opting for this type of unrestricted learning option. The enthusiasm for online education has led some educators to question if it’s right for their facility.
According to a poll released by Public Agenda, an independent nonprofit research group, employers prefer to see traditional, in-person educational experiences on the resumes of job candidates, rather than a primarily online education. They surveyed more than 600 human resources staff nationwide, and found that they were split fifty-fifty about whether young people could get a high-quality education online, mostly because it requires greater discipline on the student’s part.
When community college students were asked about online education, they had mixed feelings. 41% of the students asked said that they would rather take fewer courses online, while 39% thought they were taking the right amount of online classes. The research suggests that if colleges choose this route, they must try even harder to give their students an online education experience that’s worth their while.
Here are some perceived strengths and weaknesses of online education.
To truly determine whether educators should be enthusiastic or skeptical about online learning, it’s important to consider these pros and cons. It can be a challenge to work in this new environment, but many educators feel it presents new opportunities.
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