ENGL001 - English Composition I
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 all necessaties for that awkward road trip with your parents. Today, technology has changed the traditional "college campus" by allowing the help of technology to substitute traditional courses with internet based college courses while obtaining the same degree many of our parents, grandparents, and elders may have received in the past or on campus. Additionaly, living in the 21st century, the "traditionals" could be on the other side of the fence opossing the internet based college course system as a sense of laziness and mere comfortability. Whereas, many students argue that technology is indeed helpful for college success 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 college student. For example, 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 their ordinary lives. Take for instance, another student whose job is a 30 minute commute from home to his full-time job who would have to commute an additional 45 minute drive from work to campus. This student is a perfect example as to how Americans live their lives. In this particular case, because many Americans follow the work and school schedule; it gives many students one of the key benefits of college success by having more flexibility in their daily schedule. The term, "flexibility" is something that has drawn hundreds and thousands of students to online classes. In which, many of the advertisements and marketing teams market flexibility more than any other benefit for the internet based college courses or online degree. Another key benefit of online college courses is the increase of self drive. We must acknowledge that in any field or profession it is analytically correct to set short or long term goals, meet expectations and find new ways of productivity and motivation. Online courses is an idealistic view for students that's looking to improve this form of discipline and self development. Students will quickly learn while being enrolled in online courses that time management, organization, and the importance of keeping commitments increases their productivity. 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 the last major key benefit for college success in the (nontraditional) online college based course system. Why is self development important for not only online students, but for any student? 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 in their children's life? 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 themselves. See, 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 view of 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.