The Pros And Cons Of Online Learning

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As technology is advancing more high school students have turned to online learning to receive their high school diploma. “Data suggest that in about six years 10% of all courses will be computer based, and by 2019 about 50% of courses will be delivered online” (International). Not only are families of students turning to online learning, but schools are now requiring online courses in their curriculum. Does online learning properly prepare high school students for college and/or a career? Is online learning really an effective way of learning? Online learning does not adequately prepare high school students for college and/or future careers.

Online learning causes a concern about students cheating while taking these courses. The Internet
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Situations like this raise awareness of dishonesty and whether the students are truly learning or just googling. “From a practical standpoint, it is often easier to cheat online (since what or who the assesse brings to the assessment cannot be seen), which increases temptation” (Rowe). Neil Rowe suggests that the student is available to other resources to succeed because no one is there to mediate the situation. It is tempting to do things when you know that no one is looking or that you cannot get in trouble for it. There are a few methods of cheating in both cyber and traditional schools, however those enrolled in cyber courses have the internet and lack of supervision as an advantage. "The earlier students could memorize questions or even take screen shots, something easy under most operating systems” (Rowe). Some students spend more time cheating rather than studying finding the answer easier by sharing answers, googling and/or using cheat sheets. The ability to take screen shots, a picture of what is on your screen, and send it to friends who are taking the same courses have …show more content…
It is obvious that the Internet is a gateway to many social networks, interesting sites, games and much more. There are those students who fool around and use school as entertainment. "Teaching then becomes difficult, especially if there is no proper communication" (Northridge). With traditional learning comes teachers who keep students focused in an environment made for learning. Distractions such as social networks, procrastination and the ability to do things without teacher supervision could interrupt with ones learning. An online learning student could possibly become distracted due to someone not motivating them to do the work. For example, in a classroom a teacher is there to help students and make sure the students are focused and on track. "The laid back atmosphere of the home schools allows distractions to go unchecked for a while, because the feeling was often that there was always time to get caught up" (Anthony). It is likely that those who take online courses can fall behind if they are not motivated enough to stay on track. Motivation determines the success of the student and separates those who will succeed and those who will do enough to get

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