Online Education

Kunal Kapoor


There are two major deciding factors in one's life, especially when he/she decides to learn something new i.e.

*   Time

*   Money


When it comes to learning a new skill or getting an advanced degree time management and cost can two of the most important factors to be considered.


Considering the recent surge in the number of students that are opting for higher education, there are a lot of patterns that came into lime light.
The most important one was that more and more students are now opting for online education and degrees compared to the traditional off-line ones.



According to recent studies  51% of college administrators said there was "no difference" between online education and traditional classroom education. However, only 16.5% said online education was superior."


The Sources for these facts come from The New York Times, College Data, Business Insider, the U.S. Department of Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and more.


If the whereabouts of the online education is being considered then we can conclude that it's much more similar to the offline pattern (that is usually followed) than you may think.


Here we would like to list some pros and cons of the online and offline education.

Online Education



*   Flexibility of pace and environment : This is a major advantage when it comes to opting for online education. One can usually set pace according to his/her ease and online pattern gives you the utmost amount of flexibility of schedules.
Also you are not bound to any particular region.One can study from any corner of the world and that too in a cozy environment (for e.g your own house)

*   Saves time : Considering you don't have to commute to any particular place online learning pattern definitely saves you a lot of time.

*   Saves money : On an average, online degrees are 80 times less expensive than traditional degrees. So if money is an issue for you, you can always opt for the online domains of learning.

*   Work along with study : If you have already started your career or else if you are working part time , traditional study methods can be time-consuming, hence this is where MOOCs and online degrees come in handy. So "Earn while you learn" is a phrase that aptly suits here.

*   Interaction and exposure : Online degrees usually have students enrolled from all around the world, therefore interaction through chats and video conferencing could be quite fun as well as fruitful.

*    Scholarships : Yes many universities that run online degree programs offer scholarships and if you are good enough there is a chance of getting 100% scholarship too.



*   Lack of accreditation and low quality : Before enrolling in any online degree or course it's important to make sure that the course is accredited by a good institution.

*   Little or no face to face interaction :  This thing is often overlooked, but it's an important aspect. Building relationships with your instructor and classmates will require more effort in an online environment.

*   Requirement for self- discipline : If you are a procrastinator , online classes could be a big trouble for you. This type of learning system requires you to be consistent and disciplined.
Usually the time that you need to spend on the course could range from 10 hours to 15 hours per week.

Offline Education


*   Immediate feedback : In an offline learning environment it's often easy to put up a question and get an immediate answer to it.

*   Better Social skills : Undoubtedly you learn a lot more regarding social interaction and behavior in an offline work environment compared to online one. Language classes and personality development courses are better off in an offline environment as the require regular face to face interaction.

*   Better for hands on experience : Some degrees like Medical sciences and mechanical engineering are better off using off- line work environment. This is because these kind of courses need expert and real-time guidance.


*   Expensive : Considering the costs involved offline degrees are definitely lot more costlier.

*   Fixed schedules: Offline education system usually has a fixed schedule that you need to follow, with limited room for changes or flexibility.

*   Monotonous classes :  The lectures often get monotonous and boring after a certain period of time. Therefore the regular classes often end up being "un-engaging".

*   Ease of access: Considering the schools/universities are bound by physical boundaries, hence it's not feasible for everyone to attend an institution of their choice.

*   Difficult to manage time : As more and more classes are piled up in the schedule, it is difficult to manage time for work.
Part-time jobs are possible but often difficult to manage along the classes.

Considering the present scenario more and more students are opting for online studies.
It is definitely a great option, especially if you want to enhance your skills in a particular field.

Most of the online courses that are offered are free, hence anyone can join them and improve their skills.

"" is one such platform that aspires to bring forward some of the best online MOOCs and courses that too free of cost.

Yes, that means anyone can register and start learning without paying anything.
So if you are looking up to enhance your skills or learn something new, be sure to check it out, as this could be greatly beneficial.

That being said Online education is definitely forming a solid grip on today's world. Hence if you are planning to learn and check out a new field of study or just exploring a new found hobby online courses are the best pick for you.
Online Nano-degrees are hot selling cakes right now. If you opt for one from a well reputed platform it will definitely pay off.

The best thing about online-  education?
You can study at your own pace and in the comfort of your home, or study on the go while you travel.

Flexibility of schedule is never a concern.
As everything is being provided at one platform, all you need to focus on now, is "Learning".