Online education offers the students the opportunity to work around their personal and professional lives while still getting an education because they can take advantage of learning opportunities at a time that is appropriate for them.
The need to juggle competing schedules is eliminated. Students will not be faced, as my son was this semester, with three required classes all offered at the same time.
Students who are geographically isolated can use online courses to complete their education.
Students can receive a better education. While some perceive face-to-face courses as more rigorous, traditional classrooms often have fewer writing assignments (Schultz). This is because an online class is conducted through online writing. Since one of the goals of an education is to learn to communicate effectively, this aspect of online education can only be considered beneficial.
Teachers also can work when most appropriate for them. Â
Online courses can save money. Â Teachers won’t have to pay for gas and wear and tear on their cars. Â
Working online can also potentially save time.Â One teacher compared her traditional and online classes. When she put all her class-related time together, she spent 234 minutes per student online and 441 minutes per student in face-to-face classes (Thomas).
Online education offers a significant cost savings when classes are not using the physical campus. My college offered eleven different English courses online in the fall of 2008, which meant over forty classes did not meet in classrooms.
The college has students attending, and paying fees, from all over the state because students do not have to live nearby to attend. This means an increase in revenue.
At a time when the economy is problematic and an education is more important than ever, online classes can benefit everyone involved.