Online Education Controversy

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The new age of technology has brought the evolving education world to the twenty-first century. Many would challenge the process of receiving a degree on-line. I am a firm believer that the online education process provides students with a quality education.

This is my second semester taking online courses, and I have found it to be a wonderful experience. It is an opportunity that I probably would have not pursued in a classroom setting. As a student in my thirties, I found it awkward to enter my local college for entry required testing. I found most of the students there to be in their teens or early twenties. This, in my opinion, would be a student choosing not to take classes on-line. To argue that online students are missing the college experience would certainly not hold any validity with what I have experienced thus far.

I firmly believe that cheating will occur regardless of the environment.

If students have the means or access, whether in a classroom or at home on their computer taking a class, cheating can occur. Online education must find the appropriate checks and balances within the program to help prevent cheating. I would assume that since college is an option and not a requirement that more people could be trusted to do their work honestly.

My experiences with online classes have provided me with the desire needed to achieve a personal goal. As a mother of three, I can say confidently that I would not be taking classes if it were not for the ability to take them online. I would venture to say that most online students are probably working mothers or fathers wanting to better themselves. Online degree programs allow working people the opportunities that have not been available. It is truly amazing what...