Students are constantly bombarded with everything from easily obtained credit cards, to cheap cell phone offers, to college sponsored debit cards for tuition refunds. Today, students are also tempted by colleges and universities offering complete on-line degrees. Schools promoting these degrees argue they offer flexibility, providing students who might not otherwise be able to attend college with a chance to earn their degrees. Other educators feel on-line programs do not provide quality and enrichment received by on-campus education. I agree with educators advocating for on-campus degree programs.
Who wouldn’t like to complete their degree in their pajamas in the middle of the night and in less calendar time? Clearly on-line degrees offer more flexibility in terms of time and place. Furthermore some argue on-line degrees teach self-motivation and work skills.
However, two major benefits are missing from on-line degrees: human interaction and participation in work responsibilities. Face to face interaction with knowledgeable instructors is a vital part of a college education. Working with other students provides not only subject matter information but interpersonal skills. On-campus education requires students adhere to class schedules and academic terms thereby simulating work day timeframes and deadlines. Unlike students isolated by on-line degree programs, students in on-campus degree programs are better prepared to deal with work demands and interactions of today.
There are many pitfalls to on-line degrees. An obvious pitfall, completion of the degree by someone other than the student, can lead to degreed employees with no background knowledge. With technology, possibilities exist for technical issues involving the internet, software, servers, and equipment. To establish compatibility with on-line course technology, students may have to replace equipment and services requiring expenses in addition to tuition and fees. But, a bigger problem arises...