ENGL Comp 1 - Unit 1 Essay MLA (citation)


Christy J. Monfort

ENGL001 - English Composition I


Saylor Academy

What does it take to succeed in an Internet-based college course?

Taking a look at the 1960's where the traditional way for obtaining a 

college degree was to first apply in person, wait for the acceptance letter

and start packing necessaties for the awkward road trip with your parents.

Today, technology has changed the “college campus” by allowing the help

of technology to substitute traditional courses with an internet based

college system while obtaining the same degree many of our parents,

grandparents, and elders may have received in the past. Additionaly,

“millennials” living the 21st century, versus the “traditionals” could be on

the other side of the fence while the internet based college course system

as a sense of laziness and mere comfortability . Whereas, millennials could

argue strongly that technology is indeed helpful for college by having more

flexibility, self drive and overall increased personal development.

 There's many answers when asked how does internet based courses 

differentiate between traditionals and millennials? And, in many shapes

and forms, many people will have opposing answers and questions. For

instance, online courses could eliminate the chaos of the costly

transportation cost or the hours of traffic while commuting as a

traditional student. By example, if a student who lives half a mile away from

campus, online courses wouldn’t be as beneficial because it wouldn’t have

as much of an impact in this student’s everyday life. Take for instance,

another student whose job is a 30 minute commute from home to his full

time job who commits to an additional 45 minute drive from work to

campus; this student would find it extremely helpful to replace their

traditional courses with the online learning system. In this particular case,

because many working Americans work extremely hard to balance work

and their educational schedule; it gives many students one of the key

benefits for college success and allowing more flexibility in their daily

schedule. The term, “flexibility” is primarily the reason online courses or

colleges has drawn hundreds and thousands of students to this new form of

higher education. In which, many of the advertisements and marketing

teams market flexibility more than any other benefit for the internet based

program. Colleges such as Strayer University, Kaplan and of University of

Phoenix are all online based career colleges and also promote flexibility on

their school website. Convenience and flexibility is the number one factor

for gaining more online students with increasing numbers for enrollment.

 Another  key benefit of online college courses is the increase of self drive

and motivation. We must know that in any field or profession it is adequate

to set short or long term goals, meet expectations and find new ways of

productivity. Online courses is an idealistic view for students that’s looking

to improve this form of discipline and self development. Students will learn

while being enrolled in online courses that time management, organization,

and the importance of keeping commitments: increases their productivity.

There are many colleges that also enforce self drive or motivation to be

their key successor in their online based learning. This is statistically

proven by the American Pyscological Association. (2) This topic runs into a

bit of self awareness; a broader point of view that usually isn’t taught in

American education but relatively relates to the possibility of

nontraditional students having better chances to succeed in their college

career than traditional students. This theory is extremely radical; providing

evidence of the psycological effects of self awareness and the impact it

makes on ourselves, others, and society.

  Self development and discipline is one of the most important key 

benefits for college success in the (nontraditional) online college based

course system. (1) "In reality, most online courses require stronger

organizational skills and more self-discipline than traditional courses" says

Jamie Chamberlin, writer for the American Pyscological Association in the

article “Are Online Classes for You.” The article also stated that "students

who take online courses need to be very self-motivated," says Allen. It is

quite normal for questions to arise when dealing with a new form of higher

education learning. However, while thinking a but analytically, common

sense should fall into place of the detrimental value of self development.

"Why is it important for not only online students, but for any student to

master this technique? It is simply because college itself is supposed to

teach students this major component in preparation for the “real world” or

any of life’s experiences or challenges. Think! Why do most parents, (in the

child’s adolescents) set money aside for their children to attend college or

why so many other parents invest heavily in college savings programs so

early for their children’s future? The answer is to simply prepare their

children to live and succeed in society. Other reasons could be that parents

may want their children to have a great career, make lots of money or take

on the family legacy. Nevertheless, taking online courses helps the overall

performance of any student by teaching students how to master

themselves in the self development stage. As the end result, students are

more likely to succeed in their online college courses because of their

individualized edification of their goals, values, and moralities.

 As a final outlook, taking online classes doesn't mean that your learning a

lesser or degraded form of education. It also doesn’t mean that the

students taking the internet based college courses will be frowned upon or

viewed any differently than a traditional college student. Just like any

other program, idea or service; all students should at least give online

courses a trial run to test their own opinion of the newly Internet based

system. In return, students will quickly find that taking internet based

college courses will definitely help them succeed in their college career with

an enormous sense of educational freedom.

  Because of the increasing numbers of enrollment for online courses or 

online degrees, could technology someday be our sole universal teacher? If

technology continues to advance, do you think teachers and other

educational staff could possibly be replaced virtually?

Christy J. Monfort

Works Cited


American Pyscological Association

“Are Online Classes for You?” 3rd Paragraph

Author: Jamie Chamberlin

Home/gradPSYCH Magazine/November 2009 gradPSYCH


American Pyscological Association

“Are Online Classes for You?” 4th Paragraph

Author: Jamie Chamberlin

Home/gradPSYCH Magazine/November 2009 gradPSYCH


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