Online Education Essay

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Online education has emerged in all levels of school environment. K-12, vocational institutions and colleges are incorporating online classes at an increasing rate. With advances in technology, clearly we should use the internet as a supplemental tool but with the level of education necessary for us to compete in the world economy, we must conduct due diligence to determine which classes are to be offered at what level to whom in order for online learning to be credible.
Our education system needs a drastic overhaul in order for us to remain competitive in the global market, but that does not necessarily translate into the method of content delivery. We are already facing students coming out of the No Child Left Behind era, who were
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The discussion boards do not produce productive discussions, and the required responses are as bad. Responses like “I love how you formatted your response”, “Love your bullet points (and yes they are talking about the actual bullets, not the bulleted information), are the norm not the exception.
Dropout rate within the online realm is higher than in the traditional setting. In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik reports that Cal State University Branch at San Jose State University enrolled 300 students in three introductory online courses at a huge financially discounted price. With California Governor Jerry Brown on site claiming it to be an ‘…exciting moment in the intellectual history of (California) and the university’. After the program ended, the results were surely not what the Governor or the university system had expected, more than half failed. In another California online endeavor, Carla Rivera reports that when offering a remedial math course in hopes of saving money and moving students out of basic skills classes into credit courses more quickly, that out of the forty-five students that started the course only fifteen passed. Eight were dropped for attendance issues, eight withdrew on their own, and thirteen failed. In the same article Eric Bettinger, a Stanford University professor states, "There's no evidence that it will perform better, but our hope is that it's a

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