Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online Education

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Higher education has been adapting distance education with the same enthusiasm as traditional education in today’s higher learning intuitions. Online education has its advantages and disadvantages. In this paper we are going to explore the advantages and disadvantages and explain ultimately what type of student is best for distant learning based on their own goals and study habits. We can trace distance education origins to mid-19th century Europe. By using the postal system, the architect of distance learning opened educational opportunities to people who wanted to learn but were not able to attend conventional schools. An Englishmen named Isaac Pitman is whom we accredit to making the blue print for distance learning. This was done by Pitman instructing his students to copy short passages from the Bible and returns them for grading via the new penny post systems. Refinement and expansion of postal systems in the U.S. and abroad brought about the true beginnings of distance learning as we think about it today. Students and instructors could now communicate with one another fairly rapidly and send materials back and forth with little difficulty. When it came to higher learning, one of the first universities to offer a distance learning degree was the University of London, which established an External Program in 1858. Soon many schools followed. Today, distance learning is used very freely. Before going further, it is important to clarify the definition of…
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