there were a lot of technical problems -- feedback, problems hearing (in either direction), and other technical issues. And there's a lot more to learning that listening to lectures.
@slfisher: That's my one apprehension about online ed. It could be so much more personal and involved, if only streaming audio and video didn't demand so much bandwidth and computing power. I've been in many an online meeting where even people who "prepared" for the occasion had to beg off because of technical issues. But I think the day will come when onine video conferencing will be smooth enough for live, international "classrooms." I certainly look forward to those days.
MOOCs and online courses are not ideal -- for every student or every class or degree. But having options is fantastic. Even if students can take some mandatory courses online and, therefore, reduce the overall cost of their education, that may mean the difference between a university degree or not for thousands of students. No one can argue with those benefits!
And while it's true that online classes are more flexible and all that, it's hard to feel as included, plus there were a lot of technical problems -- feedback, problems hearing (in either direction), and other technical issues. And there's a lot more to learning that listening to lectures.
"Part of me still thinks bricks-and-mortar schools are the best choice, in ideal circumstances, for people who plan to attend college/university directly after high school and who don't have children/need to work full-time, etc. That's because they can really immerse themselves into the whole school experience, including clubs, extra-curriculur activities, and other events that stretch far beyond the classroom."
I agree moreover through researches it has been found that this span of three or four years of a certain degree is the most crucial one that prepares the students for the practical life ahead by enhancing and improving their communication skills and building everlasting attributes in them like self confidence and plays a pivotal role in building strong and influential personalities!
Glad to see how these on line schools are solving the problems of those financially deprived students to a great extent, but here my question is do these on line schools have the potential to assist the students in their practical work? How can a science student be able to carry out his/her experimental work while completing his/her degree via these on line schools?
I was raised in an atheistic country, so my education was based on evolutional theory, with all of respect to people's fellings about religion, I am sure, that students should be given several options, not only one, about the Mighty One...
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