A New Challenge for Online Education to Tackle
August 21st, 2013, Kelly Gibson
It seems like just with anything under the sun, there are quite a few challenges that online educators have to battle with.
There are two parts to delivering quality online education: The first one involves America’s best colleges and universities offering distance education programs, targeting low-income, busy individuals the most. The second part involves the interest and willingness of those individuals to seek an online degree or work on an online course, and that the study material and resources be delivered efficiently to students too.
While colleges in the US have tackled the first part, being the high-tech, top-quality schools that they are, the second part is not that easy to achieve. Especially in the distant and sub-urban areas, internet penetration is not really worth writing home about, meaning that the delivery and acquisition of online education becomes a big challenge for both students and educators.
“Who would have known that…it takes more than two weeks, three companies, two visits by two different technicians and frustrating phone calls to Texas, Indiana and even the Philippines to get Wi-Fi service to the foothills of East San Jose?” said Silicon Valley.com about the imminent challenge to online education.
This means extra costs for both colleges and students. San Jose state’s online education experiment found educational institutions devoting much of their computer lab space, equipment and staffing to online courses.
That online schools and colleges are willing to provide full support and help to students despite added costs and the bumps of the teething stage make the experience a very fulfilling one for students. Many students appreciate how help is provided even a few minutes before the submission deadline of an important assignment.
Yet, the internet divide continues to be a big challenge for online educators. The more affluent and more educated Americans living in urban areas and metropolis will have high-speed, fast internet connections. But they are not as interested in online learning as their not-so-well-off counterparts in areas where internet connectivity is rather slow and logging on to a website can be, unfortunately, difficult.
Despite that, one’s hopeful that like the many challenges and skepticisms that distance education has overcome, this too shall pass.
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