Online Education: Access and Affordability
The learning process is continuous throughout life. People attend education-oriented facilities, complete tests, write exams and obtain certificates or diplomas. The received licenses serve as tangible proof that graduates are capable of one specialty or another and have been certified enough for a job. There are more than 132 thousands schools estimated worldwide. These classic educational facilities teach and bring up students in-house. Over time, the mode of educating people, has experienced drastic changes, from the way of representing information to the use of new software and hardware in class.
The concept ‘online education’ is one that has been embraced overtime with mixed reactions. Most of them have been positively inclined, and supportive of the concept. To really determine the effects presented by e-learning, we would consider two key factors that determine how warmly this might be received.
Why educate online instead of face-to-face?
In the United States, for example, not all the students have equal chances to get college access and affordability. There’s a large number of youths whose parents struggle to make ends meet, and they might not be able to afford the tuition fees of certain colleges. These colleges are seen as most prestigious in their child’s quest to be relevant, but funding is a problem. Other times, the distance expenses and another course-related spending can be quite challenging. Then the issue of youths who cannot get access to higher education due to their disabilities comes to light. This is especially if their parents aren’t buoyant enough to buy the needed equipment that would ease their movement. Or they have certain conditions and allergies that need constant care. Hence, they cannot travel that far from their treatment facilities. This is where the concept of online learning access becomes a vital lifesaver, because practically speaking, it is like having school inside your house. Let’s have a look at some more aspects of remote education.
We might not realize this instantly, but affordability is crucial for both applicants and their families. It is always checked irrespective of info-receiving mode, on-campus or not. Online courses have been structured to be cheaper than their in-house variants. Although this does not apply to all subjects, it is somewhat affected by the specific field of studies. For instance, several courses have to squeeze in extra efforts, in order to produce the desired interface for ‘students gaining new knowledge’. And these extras tend to influence the budget of the universities offering them. This can cause the specialties sometimes to cost less on-campus than otherwise. Financial aids, scholarships, and grants are of help in these cases. There are financial aids that have been specifically designed for online learning. Even though their scope isn’t very widespread at the moment, we believe it will be in the nearest future.
How do I get the major knowledge I need if I have no access to a course? This question has been on the minds of many students. Some students are unable to study on-campus due to varying reasons. And we are quite pleased to say that we see a lot of solutions being offered. Thanks to the establishment of online portals like Coursera and edX, anyone can now take lectures and tutorials from any part of the world. Also, increasing the availability of internet connections can be a key contribution. This is especially important in developing countries where remote areas cannot access the network. Educational platforms also offer the chance to take these courses for free or pay a small sum to obtain a course certificate. Again, we should be aware that the latter depends on the complexity of the specialty being offered.
Generally speaking, we can say that e-learning has had an applaud-worthy impact. And we believe that it will get improved with time, for the sake of millions of young, talented people. Universities and e-teaching communities should endeavor to work out a consensus. And it should be aimed at reaching every young person with the knowledge they need to be relevant to their society at large.
BIO: Helen Birk is a professional English tutor and a freelance writer at https://ca.edubirdie.com/. Helen’s hobbies beyond writing include volunteering, skiing, and reading modern literature.