Running head: “The Orbited Spinning Web and its Implication on Our Future”
“The Orbited Spinning Web and its Implication on Our Future”
MBA 6004 Foundational Business Skills
September 15, 2012
This assignment is two-fold, where we are designated to evaluate the impact of the Web from the article “Will the Web Kill Colleges by Zephyr Teachout, and then I will address the effects of the net for the “Tax Service Industry,” as both are adjacent to the evolving online landscapes and the shifts and challenges facing brick-and-mortar organizations today. Accordingly, I will argue the pros and cons of the business implications the web has on e-business vs. brick-and-mortar organizations because it is ubiquitous and how we communicate, and our online behavior has led to a tremendous need for a new wave of information. Whether the ground-breaking scheme is an enhancement or travesty, the bottom line is we live in the technological era, and we cannot extricate the effects and causes of internet (web), nor its trepidations and accomplishments.
In response to “Will the Web Kill Colleges?” by Zephyr Teachout (Chaffee, p.91). The author explores more as to why the virtual classroom will replace the physical classroom. He gives a couple examples and situations as to why he believes this to be so. I will state the main idea behind his reasoning and then elaborate on it. 1. Online classes are more economical to produce.
When choosing a college or university, one of the top factors that are looked at is price and it's no secret that college is expensive. Whether or not one is paying in-state tuition or out-of-state tuition, it's not inexpensive. And with the tough economical times bestowed upon America, if people are looking to cut back and control spending, online courses may be the right way to go. For example, as cited in the article, East Carolina offers an on-line undergraduate degree for only $99 per credit hour. That amounts to about $1,200 per year. That's drastically different from the in-state tuition Penn State University offers for regular classroom courses which currently totals to $15,520 for this year. 2. Traditional universities relied on selling hard to come by information.
This information may have been hard to come by in the past, however, now with the internet, information is at people's fingertips. This information that once had to be obtained in a college classroom is now able to be obtained online via various internet and educational sites. Students can access educational tools such as videotaped lectures, full courses and free articles. In addition to having these tools, degrees are not readily offered online for the completion of such coursework that is done in cyber classrooms. This is not only the least expensive, as stated above, but it makes getting an education more flexible for students since the work can be done at home. Being that cost is the driving factor to studeWhy wouldn’t a student want better and lower costs and more flexibility in these tough economical times? This is exactly why the move from the classroom to the cyber classroom is looking more appealing as time progresses. The major factor that would be vital in getting this idea to really take off would be to gain more credibility for these online courses and degrees. If employers can get on board with this idea there is no stopping, at the very least, the amount of online course enrollment is continuing to rise. After four years of college, I can already tell that my professors are leaning in this direction. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before the norm becomes taking a majority, if not all, of college courses online. Therefore, college staffs and administrators abroad are rethinking what it means to be a "traditional" student because web learning has changed the landscape; a student today does not understand what it meant...
Citations: 1) Chaffee, J. (2012) Thinking critically (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth-Cengage Learning. ISBN 9780495908814. "Will the Web Kill Colleges?" (Chaffee, p.91).
2) Dokoupil, Tony (July 9, 2012), The Daily Beast, Is the Web Driving Us Mad, retrieved from the internet September 15, 2012, From: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/07/08/is-the-internet-making-us-crazy-what-the-new-research-says.html
3) Parry, Marc, (October 25, 2010) The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Digital Campus, Tomorrow’s College, retrieved from the internet, September 15, 2012, from: http://chronicle.com/article/Tomorrows-College/125120
4) Hooker, J. (2011). Business ethics as rational choice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN: 9780136118671.
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