With the rise of the internet as an amenity in the last decade, numerous internet-based services have become the global standard, offering many advantages over their physical counterparts. People shop, bank, communicate, practice an occupation and more using the world’s fastest and most efficient means of sharing. One industry that has had a great deal of trepidation regarding the transition to the digital world has been the educational industry.
Several years ago, some universities and colleges offered no online courses whatsoever, seemingly of the opinion that computer based training was somehow inferior. In light of these long-held beliefs, many schools have adopted online courses as an alternative attendance option for students who have unpredictable schedules and busy lifestyles, as well as students who have disabilities. This change has cultivated a growth in the size of the overall student body.
Rising tuition prices have been a grievance for all students seeking to attend higher education. One of the contributing factors to these rising prices is that the cost of keeping and maintaining a campus establishment is so expensive. Strictly online institutions would forego everything from property taxes to building insurance in favor of higher quality educational material and the chance for students to pay more reasonable tuition fees. Busy work schedules are often an unfortunate reason as to why students lose the opportunity to attend the class of their choice. Online courses not only allow them to work their way around the inconveniences of hectic schedules, but also give students the chance to still receive personal input from their instructor without having to be present at a specific time routinely. Using computers as a medium for communication provides students and instructors with the ability to describe and share ideas in more complex and effective ways than by words alone, resulting in greater student satisfaction and performance.