Online Education – WHY?

As technology is advancing every day, the world based around it is constantly working to adapt to the new ways of society. Technology has impacted the world in many ways and is utilized by majority of the world everyday. Whether it’s used in your workplace, or for personal use at home, approximately 3.5 million people have access and are using the Internet. (“InternetUsers”, 2016)

It is important to keep up with the advancing technologies, because as it becomes more complex, humans all over the world are being replaced in their workplaces by computers or robots. One major example of this is seen in the field of education. Online schooling is becoming increasingly more popular as the years go on. In a recent study conducted by Tony Bates, it was discovered that 93% of Canadian Universities offer online courses to student. Of this 93% of Universities offering the courses, 30% of these students are enrolled in online courses (Bates, 2016).

Online courses are not limited to university students; they are also becoming more popular throughout high schools. Students are inclined to taking these online courses because it does not require them to leave their homes. Another huge factor, which is appealing to many students, is convenience. Many online courses provide students the flexibility to log in when they want and where they want as long as they are meeting all deadlines of assignments.

Online Education is most commonly referred to as distant education. This is because students can still enroll in school, regardless of how far away they are from it. Although not all courses are offered online, of the many that are students from all over the world can enrol in them. You can be taking an online course through the University of Windsor, but you don’t actually need to go to the school. You could be on vacation and still complete and submit the work via Internet. Typically, this is ideal if you travel a lot, or if your schedule does not allow you to attend school everyday.

Even if students are not enrolled in online courses, teachers and professors are beginning to incorporate the Internet in many assignments and activities. They are utilizing the Internet as a tool for submitting assignments, or even taking tests. Many universities use the website blackboard to communicate with students even if it is an “in-class” course. Blackboard allows students to view a course outline also known as a course syllabus, content from the course, assignments, announcements about the course, etc.

Although online education is not everyone’s preference, it is important to stay up to date with technology, as education is becoming more and more technology-based everyday. It is predicted that in the future, all schooling will be online and there will no longer be a need for teachers.

For more information on statistics relating to online education…

click here –>  Online Education Statistics

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References

Bates, T. (2016, March 23). A national survey of university online and distance learning in Canada. Retrieved February 16, 2017, from http://www.tonybates.ca/2016/03/23/a-national-survey-of-university-online-and-distance-learning-in-canada/

     Internet Users. (2016). Retrieved February 16, 2017, from http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users

 

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