Introduction

For many years, a void existed where adult learners were unable or discouraged from pursuing further educational desires and expectations due to complex lifestyles, full-time careers, family issues, and social interests. Online education arose as a likely solution to fill this void and provide adult learners and those excluded from the traditional educational environment with a viable educational alternative (Vroeginday,B.J. 2005). While online degrees provide a convenient alternative to going back to school there are some drawbacks. For example, before selecting which online school or degree to pursue, it is important to make sure both the degree and the school are accredited. Some companies and licensing boards will only accept accredited degrees. Additionally, in some cases credits from online schools will not transfer. There is also something to be said about the lack of interpersonal and interactive experience provided through online degrees. Attending classes with others helps provide different perspectives on class materials. A virtual experience may hinder this type of participation and discussion (Melon, J Dec, 2009). As it appear to be obvious that there are some pros and cons to online and traditional education. During this reading all pros and cons of each learning option will be explored, to determine which form of education is considered the better option; or are they both, equally great learning opportunities?
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Can online courses offer the same education as Traditional courses – Con perspective
Offer direct communication
Can ask instructor questions during lecture and expect immediate feedback
Can see or listen to different points of view from the source
Teachers or students notes written or spoken can be recorded for future use
Ability to observe the instructor and classmates (non-verbal/verbal communication)
Highlighted items on the chalk board are a good indication of what is on the test
Is the instructor passionate about the topic
Is the instructor just going through the motions
Which students are attentive, who may want to participate in study sessions
Puts the student in a location designed for learning
Class rooms are setup with multi-media to enhance the learning
Seats arranged to induce open discussion
Allows students to adapt to his/her learning style (visual, kinesthetic, auditory, etc.)


Pro perspective
Offer indirect communication without the constraints of traditional class times
• Can ask Instructor questions about course material or guidance via email at any time.
• Can conference other students within same or close time zones by availability listed in Charter.
Offer the student flexibility
• The ability to complete class work during times that are not traditional.
• The ability to continue a career while achieving higher education.
Offer the student benefits within the online classroom
• Can go back through notes and/or class threads at any time the student likes.
• The student can do class work from the comfort of their home or any place of their choosing.
• Allows the student to complete the required course within a limited time not available in the traditional class room.
• Offers people with small children the opportunity to attend classes without the stress of getting childcare.

Conclusion
We have concluded that online courses do offer the same academic opportunities as traditional courses but the choice comes more from an individual’s learning perspective. Each individual will have their own opinion on what works better for them based on their learning style, time constrains, and family situation. Although it seems that online courses offer a better opportunity to work at your own pace often time’s people prefer a classroom setting with face-to-face interactions. You can receive a degree with either option in the same time span so the opportunities are the same.

References

Melon, J. (2009, Dec). THE PROS AND CONS OF ONLINE DEGREES. Take Pride! Community Magazine. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/229313917?accountid=458
Vroeginday, B. J. (2005). Traditional vs. online education: A comparative analysis of learner outcomes. (Order No. 3193436, Fielding Graduate University). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 150-150 p. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/305349750?accountid=458. (305349750).