The rapid development of technology allows students to get university and college degree by taking online courses. People have different opinions toward distance learning because it brings advantages and disadvantages. I will discuss both negative and positive sides of the online courses.
Primarily, online teaching offers convenient for both students and teachers. If the teacher can take lessons online at home, this can save abundant time that spend on traffic congestion. Thus, professor can spend more time to prepare the lectures and students can have more time to focus on their homework projects. The local students can benefit from online teaching and the international students can take courses much easier than before. Foreign students can just stay in their homeland to get the same level of lessons, which have an economic benefit that saves money from renting.
However, some people claim online courses have also a lot of disadvantages compared with teaching in classroom. Without physically being in the classroom, students can fake the attendance because people can just sign in the online classroom without really listening. Meanwhile, studying online is not a good way to help teachers and students to know each other, which limits the opportunity of students to ask professor or classmates’ questions.
From my perception, the advantages that people can benefit from online course can totally outweigh the cost that students paid. Time is the most valuable things in the world, which is worth to be traded by using the opportunity to ask question. Choosing whether the traditional teaching in campus or studying at home may depend on personal needs and both of them is excellent method for studying.