Limitations Of Adult Online Education

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Over the past decade, online learning that is facilitated by technology has become a prominent feature of higher education. As more higher education institutions continue to offer online courses and degree programs, it is evident that majority of the learners signing up for online courses are adults who often have families and full time jobs (Yoo and Huang, 2013). This trend has raised debates and arguments regarding adult online education and the adult learner as a new player in higher education. As higher education tries to accommodate the adult learners, it has become necessary for universities and other higher learning institutions to understand the needs of these learners and weigh the potential benefits and limitations of adult online education. Whereas past studies have explored the features and benefits of adult online education, it is necessary to examine the benefits of adult online education in comparison to classroom education. Research suggests that adult online education is beneficial as it is accessible, flexible, enables personalized learning, and promotes degree attainment rate and career development.
One of the arguable benefits of adult online education is its accessibility. Research shows that compared to on-campus education, online education is easily accessible from home, office and even remote areas (Stephens, Coryell and Pena, 2017). This is facilitated by technologies such as internet that allow learners to access all education materials at the
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