With all the online universities opening their virtual doors to students from across the world, it may seem hard to take a decision without feeling that you missed something. But since all the other traditional aspects that interested you such as “where is the campus located?”, “how much it costs living there?”, “how much would be the rent” and so one fade when it comes to selecting an online school; which means that the sole aspect available that counts is the quality of online education you will benefit of. So, what does “quality” mean in online learning?
Quality in online education describes more complex aspects such as the input – the program itself, the materials distributed – and the output – diploma, grades, degrees, skills and jobs adding the national (or international) reputation of the online school, the large number of attendees and many more. We are sure that a brain storming will reveal a long list of concepts related to quality.
Unlike traditional classes, undertaking online education programs is a focused activity on the education itself rather than taking in consideration aspects related but outside education: transport, living allowance, plane tickets, and many more. So, while focusing on the quality of distance learning education, the traditional classes determine you to see the bigger picture.
Students from across the world enroll in online courses for convenience, flexible schedule, work schedule and program requirements; some others to save money. Even if online education targets a diverse population of students, each of them preoccupied by different things, they are all motivated by the same thing which is benefiting of high-quality education with less financial investment.
While online students focus on issue of quality in online, the universities are also improving their online activity: faculty responsiveness, instruction, and clearly-defined assignments. These elements are extremely important when you are an online student. So, if you plan to enroll soon as a distance learning student create a list with what you value most considering your current situation. If you work and you agree on relocating, it would be hard to attend physical classes.
We would like to know what does “quality” in online education mean for you. Sharing your opinion will help other current or future students decide whether they should opt or not for distance learning programs.