Online education is the transfer of skills and knowledge through the computer and network. The process included in this is computer based learning; web based learning and virtual classroom opportunities. The content is transferred through internet, intranet/extranet, audio or video tapes, CD-ROM or the satellite. This has become one of the most popular ways of getting education and according to reports it is growing by 12-14% per year with more and more enrollment each year.
To a person who does not have the time to go to a university to get an additional degree, online education is a blessing, especially if the subject is related to the job. There is no need to worry about fitting the classes to suit the job timings. Even adults who want to pursue studies but do not have the time to pursue it, this is the best option. There is no need to go from college to college hunting for the needed subjects, as with a click of the mouse all the universities with various subjects are available. One can get admitted into the course of one’s choice and the payment can be transferred via bank.
Online programs does not cost as much as the traditional equivalent, so the tuition fee is also saved. The hostel fee and the travel expense are also saved. The flexibility of studying at one’s own pace is an added advantage. This is especially good for the handicapped people who otherwise cannot travel to distant schools or colleges. Getting a tutor home can solve the problem for them, but the degree will not be conferred. The best part of online learning is that one can choose from any of the reputed universities from all over the world and one can get a high school diploma to the highest degree or even a specialized certification.
There are a few disadvantages though, but they are minor compared to the vast advantages e-learning. The main minus point is that it is not possible to interact with other students and discuss the subjects. This can be an important factor if one is learning new skills or getting new training. Some universities do charge more for certain programs but this should not be a problem as there are financing for them. And of course investing in a computer is a must. The flexibility and transferable options is what makes this kind of education so appealing to the mass and why this is gaining in esteem day by day.