Essay on Technology Based Education Is The Only Means Of Education

786 Words Feb 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout history, the typical face-to-face learning system has been the only means of education. However, due to the rapid advances in technology, there has been an increase in the number of institutions offering online courses in the modern day. “Total student enrollment in distance education courses went from 754,000 in 1995 to 1.6 million in 1998 (Harasim, 2000), and over 3 million students enrolled in distance courses in the 2000-2001 academic year (Waits and Lewis, 2003). By fall 2007, 3.9 million students were taking at least one online course (Doyle, 2009)” (Lei, S. A., & Gupta, R. K. , 2010). Although there are benefits to both learning from a conventional education and an online system, technology-based education is the better choice because of the equality, flexibility, and accessibility it offers. Many critics of online learning often argue that distance causes a lack of communication between teachers and students. However, these face-to-face interactions between teachers and other students are not completely lost in online learning. With technology evolving constantly, the face-to-face interactions seen in traditional learning can be mimicked by online courses. As a matter of fact, there are many interactive platforms such as Blackboard that allow teachers to bring online learners together and keep them engaged in discussions. “Blackboard provides a structured format for teachers to post announcements, assignments, course documents, faculty credentials and…

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