Notes on Online Learning
Interestingly online learning is not as new as I had previously imagined. Moreover online learning qualifications now are considered to be just as credible and have the same value as traditional degrees, meaning that one can get an Ivy league education without physically sitting at an Ivy league institution such as Princeton, Harvard or Oxford University. For instance Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education offers an impressive range of over 90 online courses, which are transferable towards their Certificate of Higher Education.
Most important to note is that it is claimed online learning is comparatively affordable than traditional universities and colleges, however I wonder to what extent considering the expensive Internet charges in many developing countries such as South Africa. Therefore I ask how can access to online learning be increased for those in remote towns and villages? Although I am also curious to understand the success rates, in terms of how many students complete their online courses and/or qualifications when compared to traditional educational learning?
In particular online learning is especially viewed as a desirable way of learning for personal development with learning groups online used as resources.