Online Colleges: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

With unlimited access to the Internet and the freedom and flexibility to choose your own schedule, the popularity of attending college online is growing at a constant rate. However, as with anything, there are various pros and cons involved. If you are thinking about enrolling in an online college, it is important to factor in both the good and the bad aspects.

The Good: Flexibility

An obvious pro is that students are able to go to class when and where they choose. This makes it a lot easier for people who live in remote geographical locations or for those who have to work or take care of their families. Another advantage is that you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace, therefore if you need more time on an assignment, you have the freedom to do so without getting pushed into the next part of the curriculum.

The Bad: Lack of Motivation

Mentioned previously, online colleges provide it’s students with freedom and flexibility. However, this flexibility can cause students to become less organized or less motivated. If your motivation drops while enrolled in an online program, it is much more difficult to follow along and it is up to you to catch up if you fall behind. For this reason, younger students are prompted to go to a traditional institution rather than an online school.

The Good: Access to Resources

With greater access to resources, students of online schools are able to make videos or participate in live online discussions as there is no need to travel to a physical location. Another advantage is that an online educator is able to compile a list of research materials, tailored to an individual student’s needs and interests.

The Bad: Barely any Social Interaction

The best known disadvantage of enrolling in an online institution is that there is less social interaction with teachers and other students, as you do not physically have to attend classes on campus. Though online schools have online forums, many have found that seeing professors after hours and participating in group studies is very beneficial and informative.

The Bad: Lack of Quality

Before submitting an application to an institution, make sure you do your research as some colleges only look at distance education as a way of making money and they will not put in the effort to make the online classes work. If after learning these pros and cons you still think you can handle it, then you are sure to receive a quality education on your own time. 

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