Essay on Online vs. Traditional Courses

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With a bad economy, high unemployment and several new educational benefit programs like the available, more and more people are going back to school to finish degrees or to gain new skills that will make them more marketable. Most of these new students wont be sitting in a chair at a local university or college, they will be sitting at their kitchen table or at a computer desk in their homes taking online courses.
About six months ago, I decided that I was going to go back to school and finish my degree. I considered attending Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), but decided that taking an online course would be much more convenient and I could work around my office and travel schedule. In the past, when I took traditional
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Is it just the convenience or do students consider other factors when making this decisions?
Like most people, Convenience was the main reason I decided to take online courses. Unlike the traditional college courses I’ve taken in the past, I can access my online course syllabus and materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This makes it possible for me to take a class no matter what my work schedule might be. For example, I can take a business trip and as long as I take a laptop or have computer access I can work on assignments wherever I might be and whenever my schedule allows. This is simply not possible in a traditional classroom setting. In traditional setting students are required to meet hard deadlines and take tests at specific times. Online courses have deadline too, but they usually allow students a larger widow (or time frame) for completing an assignment or test. In fact, I was allowed between 48 to 72 hours to take exams and tests during my last online course. Also, Geographic barriers do not exist in online learning. Students can find a variety of courses online that may not be available to them where they live. This is especially true for people who live in rural areas and small towns where the there

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