Adventures in Online Learning an Infographic
Eduventures, the marketing research firm, predicts that hundreds of nonprofits will seek to move online more aggressively, as a way to compete with for-profit schools.
Pros and Cons of taking Online courses
Pro: Less Expensive: Online tuition generally cost less (plus no travel and housing costs to classroom; class attendee can continue to work at his/her job while taking classes
Con: Additional cost of high-speed Internet
Con: Computer boot-up time, software programs, and connection to Internet; students may be required to learn new or enhanced computer and troubleshooting skills
Pro: Most community colleges believe that student demand for fully online courses is outpacing the college’s supply
Con: But new studies suggest that colleges may be overestimating students’ desire for more online learning, particularly in certain subjects.
Pro: Students appreciate the flexibility and option of online learning
Con: Most would not want to take all their classes online. Students indicated they valued the more intimate connection with teachers and fellow students offered in traditional classrooms.
Pro: Students report that they only take courses online if they feel they can learn the material on their own.
Con: If students expect a course to be difficult, they prefer face-to-face courses.
Con: Students feel that certain subjects, such as languages, public speaking and counseling, are particularly unsuited to the online setting.
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