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Online Education vs. Traditional Classroom Learning

While contemplating, deciding, entertaining, and fathoming the thought of going back to get your degree is one thing; but thinking about which platform accommodates you and your family’s expectations and needs, is quite another decision that has to be carefully considered and evaluated. Personally, I know from first-hand experience what it is like to go and participate in an online school classroom and the traditional classroom (on-campus) learning environments. As a student investigating the advantages and disadvantages what may or may not work for my family and I, taking the proactive approach versus reactive which led me to make the ultimate decision that had worked out for my own particular situation; which, may not always be the best for you and your family’s needs, but the decision is yours. Many of us are conscious that online schools are gaining momentum versus the traditional classroom learning environment, as was the trend back in the day.

Here are some of the advantages associated with the online school learning environment:

  • Flexibility– With online learning, you have the ability to work day or night, without any restrictions, based on your unique situation. Online courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at a computer located anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  • Continuous Access– In the online learning environment at Bryant & Stratton College, you have continuous access to the library because it is virtual, to help suit your busy lifestyle.
  • Similar Structure– As an online student, you go through the same enrollment, financial aid, as the traditional classroom, with the same personal attention you would at a physical campus.

I want to be clear that the online school learning environment is not for everyone. We all have different learning styles. Below are some questions that you should ask yourself to help decide between the two environments.

  • Do you have the time to dedicate to schoolwork? – When in the online school environment, you need to be motivated to complete your coursework within designated deadlines, especially since the online learning platform, is a face-paced atmosphere.
  • Do you need the face to face interaction with your classmates and instructor? – In the online environment, you do not get to physically “see” your classmates and instructor, as you would in the traditional classroom environment. So most of your lectures are the chapters you are assigned to read and comment in your online discussion boards.
  • Does your schedule permit you to get to a specific class at a specific location? In the traditional classroom, as a student you are “forced” to schedule courses that may not exactly “fit” into your lifestyles; unlike the online learning environment, you have the ability to accommodate your education to fit you and your family’s needs/wants.

As I have mentioned before, the choice to go back to school is yours along with the decision of obtaining your degree through the online school environment or through the traditional classroom, but do your homework into which method may or may not be a benefit to you and your own learning style(s). Remember that your education doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all,” you do have options. As a prospective student, you just have to evaluate what works and does not, but put 100% commitment and time into your final decision.

Have you decided between online school vs traditional school? Contact the Admissions office to get help with selecting the program that works best for you.

About the Author:

Carrie E. Wittke, MBA, is a full time instructor teaching business online at Bryant & Stratton College. An alumnus of Bryant & Stratton College, she enjoys working with students, and spending time with her family and friends. In her spare time Carrie enjoys drawing, painting, traveling, and watching football.


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