The Debate: Online Learning Versus Brick and Mortar Learning

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Unlike many people who attended college after they graduated from high school I was not one of them. I chose to be a wife and a mother of two; later after my children were grown and my first marriage was over I realized I needed a change. I decided to attend a community college taking the traditional classroom courses. It was a major struggle for me because I was working full-time and part-time jobs while working on an Associates Degree. What should have taken me only two years to complete it took me four because I was not able to work in all the classes needed to graduated in a two year time period my work crazy hours and take care of my family would not allow it. After getting my Associates Degree I knew I wanted to continue my …show more content…
The time constraints are not there when it comes to online learning. I am not subjected to sitting in a classroom after an eight-hour day at work. Where as with brick and mortar traditional learning requires you attend classes certain days and times each week. Virtual education online learning provides exposure to learning from almost any school nationwide and abroad that are accredited. Another advantage of online learning is the ability to pay the same in state tuition rate as local students. Brick and mortar institutions require out of state tuition rates and that can be very costly.
In an article on the Bloomberg Businessweek website called, Online Universities Are a Great Study: Virtual and other types of alternative learning eventually will supplant many bricks-and-mortar universities that charge five and six figures for bachelor’s degrees Pro or con? The article is in a section called, The Debate Room the author is Michael S. Bassis of Westminster College states, “…our traditional model for undergraduate education costs too much and delivers too little. Over the past 25 years, higher education costs, at our more modest institutions as well as at elite schools, have been skyrocketing. And many question whether the majority of today’s graduates are well prepared for the world of the future” (Bassis, www.businessweek.com).
Bassis continues to drive the point home in the
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