Online education or E-learning is a form of education which is delivered and taken virtually with the help of latest information technology gadgets. The internet revolution has drastically changed every aspect of our lives, and we can see it in the changing business practices, banking, retailing and now education. In this process, the university or other educational institution offers programs on the web, and students are provided with study material electronically. Some of the universities also offer video/audio material and even have their own learning portals.
Just like the general educational system, the e-learning system is also very vibrant and comprehensive. You can not only apply for certain degrees or technical diploma, but also can go for online Masters’ programs. Some universities in United States, Australia and United Kingdom even offer MBA & other professional degrees on the web. The case is not restricted to these three states listed above; the internet age has affected every one living anywhere across the globe in this global village.
If you talk about the advantages of online education or e-learning process, they are indeed numerous. The first and foremost advantage is flexibility. We, the people of 21st century are really facing a great time deficit, so we have to manage our activities and time in a way that everything gets a fair piece of other. In this regard, those people, who are on the jobs, or cannot go to regular college or university for certain issue, they can easily opt for some online course of their choice. A student can manage his day time activities, jobs and responsibilities with his online assignments and educational tasks easily.
Furthermore, the online education is cost effective as well. In the online education, universities have not to bear some of the costs; hence, they also have certain cost advantages which they transfer to the students. The fees are very much lower than that of regular college degrees and the study material, books and research papers are almost free for the students. So, the students save a lot of cost in terms of books and study material as well. The books can be downloaded from the portals, once a student is registered.
Some people, who are indeed busy in their life, but they want to improve their level of education, increase employability and enhance the chances of career growth, the online education is indeed sense of relief for them. On the other hand, some people raise questions about the various aspects of online education and its quality, as according to them, the process of online education is not something which may contribute to the real-time learning of the person. However, I do not agree with this because that question has been rightly addressed by various universities.
In short words, we can say that despite some difficulties and question marks on the reliability and quality of education, the web-based learning is indeed a great relief for working professionals, house wives and everyone else who is interested but cannot go to college or university for certain reasons.