IMPLEMENTATION OF ONLINE BASED EDUCATION
Education has greatly been affected by the increased use of internet through the World Wide Web. The technological improvements have made learning to be available online. Internet can promise to centre learning on the learners but not in classrooms and this tailors education to fit the requirements and abilities of the specific learners and creates a long term learning process that is practically real for everybody (Chickering 27). Through the web education will be enabled at locations where it does not exist, resources are minimal. Education will also be available at all the time and everywhere for all the learners. All the pre-school, primary, secondary as well as corporate level learners will be addressed by the online based education.
If online based education could help academic potentiality in America and help lower tuition costs
Online based education will connect individuals, societies and resources in providing many pathways in the learning process to fit the requirements of diversified learners. The students in different parts of America taking the same course will be able to interact through the internet. The sharing of the course work materials will facilitate the exchange of ideas to the benefit of all those taking the same units. The coursework will be available online and those sharing similar units will be considered to be having something in common. The exchanges made through the internet will be of benefit to the students in question. It will be easy to exchange subject materials over the internet because this will have very minimal wastage of time and resources. Those exchanging the particular subject work will just need to upload the particular materials on the internet and the students at the receiving end will download with ease (Carnevale 92).
Course work discussions will be enabled online and the time that would have been used in the organizing of meetings will be minimized. Student Discussions online will be fast because all the related material for the consultations will be available on internet. The discussions made online will be effective and efficient. The learners will be able to discuss regardless of the areas that they are positioned and the resulting findings will be available online for later review. The exchange of reference material online will be fast because the learners concerned will not have to carry unnecessary volumes of the referred materials. Those taking the same course will also be able to post their suggestions on line for future consultations by those who did not participate in the discussions. Any future findings regarding a particular topic of study will also be made available online for the benefit of the students at various locations.
Researching online is easy and fast. Through the World Wide Web, it is possible for the students to search for e-books that will be easily available. The latest editions of the publications will be downloaded for reviewing and consultations by all. The big volumes for reading materials through hardcopies will be unnecessary because the soft copies will be of no volume. The researching carried online will be conclusive and extensive. The online libraries available for subscription are normally equipped with all the latest publication on the different subjects of study. Researching consumes little time and is very convenient. The learners will be able to research as they work and catch up with the latest materials that are available for revision. The e-libraries are normally available at any location of the student and this facilitates the consultations that are necessary in the course work. The use of the online sources is subject to bureaucracies and the students will be encouraged to read more. The availability of the reading materials as soft copies acts as a motivation to the learners and they will come up with different techniques for revision.
Internet is available all over America and the access of the reading materials is enhanced through the internet. Students will not be required to visit physical libraries for revisions, which make the process of going through course work easy. The learners will also be able to cover a lot in short periods of time given that the resources available online do not cover a lot of their space. The process of opening different pages in textbooks is fastened through the internet and reviews will be quickened. Through the internet, it is also possible to have different pages from different textbooks open and the same time and the required comparisons will be fast. The case of using hard copy materials for revisions is one whereby the comparisons of texts from different materials are not possible because of the space that would have been needed. The academic potentiality in America will be improved considering the busy time schedules that most of the citizens have.
A good number of Americans attend courses as they work. The access to computers is fast as compared to the access of classrooms. During working breaks, it is possible for the learners to go through the course work and cover a little bit of the materials that they would have been expected to cover in class. The assignments, term papers and examinations that will be offered to students online will be efficient. The online students will be able to finish assignments and submit them through the internet fast. The online assignments will not be completed in hard copies and this makes the process bearable (Belanger 48). The assignments completed will be submitted fast and the response will be through the same study websites. Revising of the coursework assignments and test will be carried out fast and corrections made. Through the internet, it is possible for the educators or instructors to have online chats with their students and enables a fast response in the manner of attention that is available to the students.
Education is considered to be expensive because of the resources that are required in its facilitation. The classrooms, teaching materials, furniture, libraries and laboratories increase the cost attributable to the acquisition of education. In the event of the online based education, such resources will not be needed. All the student needs is a computer that is connected to the internet. The attending of class work will be from any point that the student is positioned and the unnecessary expenditures will not be incurred. The stationery that would have been required in the case of physical classrooms will not be needed. The special needs for the various learners in any course work will be addressed adequately because of the focusing that is made through the internet. The learners will only be attentive to the areas that they feel weak and it will reduce the energy that could have been used in classroom education.
Social interaction in the case of the online based education is minimized. Through the internet, the students will not be able to meet during break time and lunch hours and the attributable benefits will be limited. In the schooling process, learners are supposed to grow up in their social life due to the constant interactions that they make. Behavioral patterns that would have been shaped in the case of a classroom education will not be considered online. In a normal class setting, a teacher normally aims at addressing the various weaknesses that the students have. The teacher therefore goes ahead to make psychological corrections through group counseling. The idea of group counseling over the internet will not be possible because the educators will not understand the weaknesses of the students that need to be addressed.
The idea of learning behavioral patterns from classmates will be eliminated in the case of online based education. The students will not be able to understand their weak points in the socializing process because they will be acquiring knowledge individually. The different studying techniques that would have been acquired from classmates in this case will not be possible. The process of learning from one another as the learners acquire knowledge is prevented and this results in qualified professionals that can not team work. Team working is an ability that can best be acquired in school set ups. The attributable benefits to the team working ability by professionals will be avoided to the disadvantage of their professional growth and development.
Online based education will aim at improving academic potentiality in America and little expenditures will be incurred in the process of acquiring professional knowledge (Alley 83). It is however necessary for educators to address the drawbacks of the implication of failed social interactions in the learning process. The existence in a virtual world will also make professional training efficient and effective.