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Possible Disadvantages of Online Education

Online education has several obvious advantages; however, online classes also have some disadvantages. For example, there is no real person to person interaction with an instructor. No face to face communication could mean that there is little or no personal attention from an instructor.

Some may also feel the accreditation from an online school is not the same as a real university classroom. Students do not get to feel the real situations of a traditional classroom or university causing them to be isolated or anti-social.

In online classed, everything depends on the student's ability to understand the material and be ready for term papers and tests.

Also, some knowledge of computers is necessary if the student wants to be able to stay in the class. Computer literateness can be a big issue determining if a person will pass or fail, because most of the work is done online. Many low-income students might be affected by the computer issue because desktops and laptops are expensive and many may not be able to afford such "luxuries".

Students who need an extra push or reminder that there is an upcoming report or test may also be at a disadvantage; there is no instructor to provide the push, so students must remind —and motivate— themselves.

However, the cons stated above can also work to help the student become more responsive. Students doing everything by themselves in an online class may become more independent. Online education will teach them that there is not always a person there to help them solve a problem, just like in real life.

Students unable to afford computers could use public resources (such as the library) to access the internet. There are also loans, grants, and other forms of financial help they can get, to provide them with the tools they need to get started in an online class. The computer training they get in an online class can be beneficial in a competitive job market.

Online education could be the tool of the future to provide the young and the old with schooling and instruction. It provides a cheaper way of teaching while still giving the student all the required educational material. Online education teaches students responsibility; it will give them a reason to work hard during the class. All in all, online classes will help provide many students with the education they require.


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