Some universities now offer their courses on the Internet so that people can study online. Is this a positive or negative development?
There is an increasing number of universities and colleges expanding their educational domain to online courses. While some people claim that it springs many negative points of learning. This essay will point out some positive aspects of online learning. There are various reasons why people believe that study on the Internet is less effective than traditional learning method. The first reason is that with conventional teaching method, students have an environment to interact with both teachers and their peers directly. While with online courses, interaction is somehow restricted. Therefore, through studying face to face, it will significantly help learners increase team-working skills. Secondly, with online learning methods, it depends a lot on surrounding elements such as wifi stability or noise in order to create a good lesson. It means that this teaching way will sort of restraining students’ knowledge absorption. However, the supporters of this idea claim numerous perks that this teaching method brings us. Firstly, by being able to enroll in online courses, Universities are now opening a window of opportunity for those who are living far away from school to approach the knowledge horizon. For example, by opening online-distant learning courses, Cambridge University is now the school of million students around the world such as Vietnam or Singapore. Another reason is that the tuition of online courses is much more reasonable than that of traditional methods. In fact, students do not have to pay for the cost of school facilities or traditional examination process. It means that all classes of society can now approach and equip knowledge regrardless of age, location, ability and background, which results in a well-educated workforce in the future. To sum up, although there are some negative impacts of learning online, people cannot deny the benefits that online learning courses bring us.