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Advantages of Online Universities

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College is no longer sitting in a classroom for hours, listening to a teacher’s lectures, and getting graded for each test or quiz that the teacher throws at you. Today, we have the capability and technology to have a college classroom in our living room via the internet. The internet has created a whole new world for everyone including colleges and students. There are quite a few positive aspects of attending online universities.

Online universities open a whole new line of education for smaller cities. Many smaller cities have only one or some have no colleges or universities. Online colleges are the answers to their prayers. The students typically already know what degree plans they are interested in, because they know the career that they want to work for. However, until online colleges became popular, most had to chose from the degree plans that the local schools had to offer. Today, you can choose from hundreds of degree plans when you look at online colleges, such as Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Marketing, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, Education and so many more. Once the small town student graduates, he or she has the knowledge to tackle a job that doesn’t require him or her to stay in the small town life.

Online universities are usually very convenient. Some online colleges or universities require that you attend tests at a specified location once every week or two, which is not very convenient. However, most of the schools offer tests and quizzes that are in the form of essay questions and you do not have to leave home to complete them. The teachers’ give you a syllabus that you have adhere to each quarter. Basically, this syllabus lists your assignments and the due dates for each assignment. If you get the assignment turned in by the deadline, you get a grade based on your paper or essay. If you don’t turn a paper or essay in by the deadline, you get points taken off of your grade for a late paper or a zero for not turning one in. Finally, I have found a type of college that I can attend without leaving home, without pop quizzes, and I set my own schedule. This idea sounds too good to be true.

Many studies show that they average student pays $20,000 to $30,000 per year for college tuition at major universities. This number includes the price of tuition, books, and needed school supplies. Online universities cost anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 per degree plan for college tuition. Do you really want me to blow your mind? The college tuition estimate above for a regular college does not include room and board, automobile gas, or food. Online universities usually have the books included in the tuition price and you don’t have to worry about moving to a new city. Parents look out. Your kids may never leave home!

Online colleges provide a very casual atmosphere. Students that attend online classes or chat sessions do not have face-to-face interaction with their teachers or other classmates. The students no longer have to feel embarrassed or discouraged, because they don’t understand. The students can simply write an e-mail to their teachers asking whatever they want and not have to worry about Freudian slips or incorrectly wording their phrases or sentences. They are more comfortable doing it this way because they will never meet the teacher. In a traditional classroom, students often incorrectly word a phrase or sentence and then the entire room is filled with laughter from the other students. This can scar a student and they will never raise their hand again. However, if the student was in an online course this wouldn’t have happened.

Because most of the interaction is sent to the teachers via e-mail and through chat sessions, students are able to proof read everything they send. There is very little chance that students will incorrectly word things doing it this way. It ultimately creates more confidence in the students.

Just because there isn’t face-to-face interaction, doesn’t mean that students don’t interact with each other or with their teachers’. The students have to interact with most of the assignments by attending chat sessions or e-mailing the instructor or other students. Many schools have discussion boards, where students go post their individual thoughts on topics. Then, other student will argue their points of view in regards to the original posts. Online colleges also have group projects. The teachers’ assign all of the students to groups of five to seven students. The students are then responsible for interacting and creating a paper that has been preset by the syllabus. There are many ways that the students interact with each other and with teachers’. It is just much more casual than a normal classroom.

As you can see there are several reasons that online universities are more advantageous than a typical college. You can sit in your favorite chair and attend classes. Then, once all of your classes are done, you get your degree that allows you to apply for positions making more money. Sounds like a good deal to me.