Is Online Education for you?

There is an ongoing debate between people who believe in traditional education and those who believe in modern education. Both believe that education is important but the strategy or medium at which education is received is where both have diversified perspectives.

Traditional education focuses on in-house and classroom training for several years before the appropriate on the job or exposure courses to enhance and fully prepare the student for their potential careers. It is open to exposure to various learning courses but only in support of classroom discussion. It is willing to accept online education practices, but only in terms of lessons, not in itself as a primary source of formal education. Modern education, on the other hand, believes that learning is universal and can no longer be confined within the classroom walls, or even the geographic boundaries. It is open to online education and to global exposure of students to fully prepare them for their potential careers. It is more experience-based and more adaptive to new strategies or tools for learning.

In the end, this will boil down to preference and practicality. Here are 3 critical questions you must answer to determine if online education is right for you:

1. Am I a virtuous person (as opposed to a virtual person)?
Studying in an online university and pursuing an online degree means that you will have a virtual personality. The ideal virtual personality should be exactly who the person is, able to manifest how he or she would act in person and able to express him or herself effectively.
Those born in the information age may be influenced into pretend virtual personas that they use in order to modify their worlds or realities. It may translate into asking other people to work on their assignments or paying someone to attend their classes to maintain their “persona.”
Whatever religion you belong to, it is essential to ask if you are virtuous – meaning, do you have what it takes to live up to the truth and what’s “right”?

2. Am I sociable?
Being friendly, popular or sociable can now be translated into activity in social networking sites. The number of friends, videos, tweets, snaps or pins may be indicative of how sociable you can be. How will you set the line between your online degree classmates and your regular friends and followers? Will there be a line?

People who are by nature sociable manages to translate their personality online and become sociable there as well. There are, however, some people who would prefer to talk to someone in person, rather than online. There are those, who would rather, sit in a classroom and hear voices, see gestures and non-verbals than being part of an online discussion where each is identified with a voice and there is no other basis but the syntax, intonation and the way opinion is delivered. Ask how sociable you can be because a college education is not just about learning – it’s also about being part of a group or community, and knowing that you can be productive in such environment.

3. Am I dedicated?
What will you do when boredom strikes? In a traditional classroom setting, if you are bored, your classmate may call your attention or your teacher might call your attention. In an online university, you will need to be responsible for your actions and you will need to keep your focus, do what is right, even when no one is looking. This will measure how dedicated you are in pursuing your online degree, how serious you are for your online education and the career you’d like to pursue.

Online education is available for all but it may not be the best form of learning for everyone. Each person’s individual characteristics have to be considered before applying for an online degree. An online university can offer everything you need need to get your bachelor’s degree but if you’re not virtuous, not productive or not dedicated, then it may not be the right style of learning for you. Consider that your success depends highly on your learning and if you do not receive the education you need, then you will also be unsuccessful in getting the job you’d like to pursue.

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