Exciting and Effective Online Learning Potential
Over the last 15 years or so distance online learning has been a hot topic within educational circles. Since distance education and supporting online learning management systems, are still in the evolutionary phase, online training programs continue to be a controversial topic.
According to a study conducted by the United States Department of Education, the percentage of college students enrolled in one or more online training courses more than doubled between 2000 and 2008. By the following year, more than 20 percent of college students were studying via online learning management systems.
As online learning systems continue to improve both the effectiveness and overall experience of online education, it is beginning to appear that the future of higher education might lie within the realm of distance education. When you consider that the average cost of a four year, public college education was 89,044 dollars during the 2012 to 2013 school year, the affordability of online training might already be the wisest choice for most Americans.
Although statistics show that online learning is just as effective, if not more so, than traditional classroom learning, skeptics continue to dispute hard facts despite its advantages. For instance, proponents of traditional education point out that online education condones academic dishonesty and procrastination, causes distraction, utilizes inexperienced instructors, suffers from slow instructor feedback, and lacks social interaction between peers and instructors.
While all of these are legitimate concerns, there are obvious, and not so obvious, advantages to online training, as well. Chief among these are wider access to higher education, affordability, and convenience. Overall, the quality of learning is on par with a traditional classroom education. In fact, statistics show that online learning management systems actually increase learning retention for many students and trainees.