College Students and Online Courses

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Over the past several years the demand on colleges and universities to open their doors to online learning has increased dramatically. With hundreds of students turning to online courses and according to Allen & Seaman 2010 “over 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the Fall 2008 term, a 17 percent increase over the number reported the previous year.” There have been several studies and articles written about the different effects, good and bad, that the online learning community has encountered. With the effects of the online courses it has made it easier to further your education.

Students are turning to online courses for several reasons from scheduling conflicts with their work place to the distance the student lives from the college or university. There have been several researches and studies done to show why students are turning to online classes. In an article written in 2002 by Dutton, Dutton and Perry they “found out that flexibility in setting pace and time for studying is rated more important to online students than to lecture students”. This will help the students maintain a work, life and school balance. It gives them to freedom to work at their own pace or when their schedule allows. In the Article “Pros and Cons of online education for educators and Students, by Sara Nagel, Balasundram Maniam and Hadley Leavell” it is discussed that “Students who are trying to live a greener or more frugal lifestyle may find online education the way to go.” “Without the need to travel, students can save money on gas and have decreased wear and tear on their vehicle” “which translates to lower carbon emissions (Cristina, Florentina, Beatrice, & Cezar,2009).”

Though web-based courses are becoming more popular as time goes on, time is also showing the effects, good and bad, that web-based courses are having on the students and the faculty as well. Not only are the effects positive in several ways but there are...
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