The expansion of information via the World Wide Web has enlightened intellectuals from all corners of the world. Technology is increasingly providing unprecedented conveniences in our lives. Most cellular phones now come equipped with internet access, opening doors to academic information, professional journals and even online textbooks. The receptiveness to technology in our generation of students brings ease to small tasks; finding a specific novel on eBay and completing the transaction for its purchase can be done in mere minutes on a walk to class.
It is often argued that the increasing preference to taking online courses will in the long run have a negative impact on a student’s education. The choice between taking a traditional course on campus to taking one online is one left to the individual, who recognizes their preferences and strengths. Those who prefer the freedom of a more self taught environment take advantage of the benefits of online courses. While classroom lectures are only given once, online courses can be replayed or reread and are not victims to absences, sluggish days and other classroom distractions.
Each of us has a different style of learning and online courses allow students to learn at their own pace, at a time that is accommodating to their schedule. Online classes provide for better time management, especially to the increasing number of working citizens returning to school, many of them juggling full time jobs and families in the pursuit of continuing their education. The modern day college student is an adaptive contributor to our world; by becoming a consumer to a market frequently generating technological advancements, the student is the epitome of an adaptor in an ever- changing world. Increasing technological capabilities must be viewed as a tool, one that allows us to explore a vast expanse of knowledge at the mere click of a button.
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