A Need for Online Education.

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The creation of the Internet has had a great impact in the world of interactions. The Internet provides opportunities for distributed systems, worldwide collaboration and presentation of information, all of which have helped immensely in bringing even great distances closer together. The Internet's greatest place of impact is in the realm of distance learning and online coursework. Computer technology has increased at such a pace that learning is adapting and taking place outside of face-to-face interaction. UCF offers a select few online courses in two different modes: fully online and reduced seat, which allows for half in class and half online. In order to keep up with many of the universities in America, UCF should add more online courses.

Online classes are similar to traditional classes in many ways, but also differ in a number of significant ways. Ease of access and litheness are two of the main benefits of online instruction.

The form of learning is perfect for students with busy schedules, and don't have the time to attend "conventional" classes Students that would normally have to travel long distances, or that have busy family or work schedules will find online classes to be ideal (Mendocino). The key aspects to conventional classrooms still manage to take place online as well, such as the sharing of ideas, help from peers, and group work.

The number of enrolled distance learning students in the United States indicates growing interest in this educational option. In her article "Distance Learning Goes the Distance," Charlotte Thomas states that the "Family PC Magazine estimates that 1 million students are taking distance-learning classes via the Internet, and will most likely reach close to 2.2 million by 2004."

When it comes to making distance education possible, it looks as though the federal government is beginning to catch up,