Education of Tomorrow

February 16, 2011

Will it Be Worth That Much if It Is This Easy to Get?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Education Group @ 10:14 am

Here is another side of the argument. Education will be so convenient that it will allow anyone to get it with a few clicks of a mouse. Will it still be as valuable as it is right now? Clearly, effort is needed to obtain a degree. Without effort it will decrease its value and will decrease it dramatically. Even though someone is still getting knowledge, they do not live up to the same standards as the student in the traditional university.

Since many years the whole going into post-secondary or even graduate school is often associated with finding time and sacrificing 5-6 years of life for learning towards a future career. Online education allows for getting a degree in a convenient time and place. Many people get masters degrees nowadays while on the train or waiting for children to come back from hockey practice. This is one of the first differences between the traditional schools and one’s from the future.

Also, available at the finger tips, online universities seem to have easier programs and teachers that seem to be easier markers, since most of the students right now are busy people with families and other things keeping them away from formal educational institutions. At least for now online degrees and diplomas receive skepticism from people around.

By: Yuliana Zaborova

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2 Comments »

  1. I can understand your point of view that the value of education will decrease as it becomes easier to obtain, especially through online means. However I do not think that it is entirely fair to say that that will be the case for all programs. Some online courses are just as hard, course load wise, as a traditional class. I personally like the idea of online programs because it helps out people who need to further their education but have already started a family or something like that. An example of this is a woman who is married and now has kids. If she chose that they wanted to improve her education for when she starts back to work, she could make great use of online classes to help to achieve a diploma or degree while still being able to be home and take care of her children. Just because the course is offered online, does not necessarily mean it is not as high of quality.

    On the other hand I can see how if a doctor says he got his education through all online means, you would be less likely to trust him especially in severe cases. I think when it comes down to it, the value of education online verses traditional classes can really be a matter or what program the person is studying. Some programs work just as well online as in a class, whereas others really suffer from being strictly online.

    Comment by Rachel Q — February 21, 2011 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  2. Hi Yuliana,

    I like your points about how online learning and education allow parents and busy people to earn an education without having to sacrifice too much. I think it is important for everyone to have an opportunity to allow them to learn and be educated on a schedule that fits them and their life styles. One thing that I feel could happen is that people may still get side tracked with their busy lives and forget about projects or tests that they have to do because there is not a constant reminder everyday where as if you were to go to the institution of learning somewhere you would be reminded when you walk through the doors. Also I am not sure entirely about online teachers being easy markers, I think they are just more fair because they know how busy a person could be. To me they figure out much hours should be spent on an assignment and compare it to how well it is done. I have taken a few online courses over the years and found them beneficial because it allows for more time towards my core subjects.

    http://www.back2college.com/onlinedegrees.htm

    The link above is helpful when trying to understand that an online degree is just as creditable as a traditional degree.

    Comment by Stephanie Horgan — February 22, 2011 @ 6:26 pm | Reply


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