Are you ready to go back to school? As the new school year begins, most students are heading back to the campus to earn their degrees. But with rising tuition fees in most higher education institutes and colleges, is it a good idea? Although traditional classroom education has its merits, today more and more aspiring learners are opting for online education. Why? Take a look….
Starting the new year online
With the new school year starting, many students in Durham, North Carolina, USA have opted to study online with more than 1500 enrollments already. Academic leaders in the region are constantly developing new and innovative programmes to help learners in the most flexible and convenient way. Even though the online schools and programmes take a non-traditional approach, these courses are set to follow the traditional school calendar.
Usually all live sessions and video lectures are conducted by experienced educators, just like on-campus classrooms. However, unlike a typical brick-and-mortar classroom, online students have the advantage of studying directly from their own homes or any other locations by logging in to their computers, as long as they have a reliable internet connection. This is one of the key reasons for online learning to gain popularity over classroom learning at present.
An interactive experience
If you think that online degree programmes are not much interactive and compel participants to study alone, then you couldn’t be more wrong. Academic leaders claim that all these classes are effectively connected and provide adequate opportunities for interactions among students and educators. Students are assigned different groups to work on their projects and assignments, while educators facilitate interactive discussions and challenges.
Joel Medley, Head of School for North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA), said “Our school will have certified teachers, they reside here in the state of North Carolina and they’re just delivering content in a different fashion.”
The institute currently has over 40 talented educators teachers who guide numerous students in more than 91 communities statewide. The school teaches students from Kindergarten to 10th grade.
Medley added “One of the things we love about our program is that we teach to the individuals, not the group and that’s what really makes us different.”
Enabling students to learn better
North Carolina Connections Academy is starting their first year in fall 2015. The virtual charter school’s application was unanimously approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education earlier in February. The institution plans to cater to learners from grades K-9, and gradually add a grade each year.
The school expects its students to pass all the state tests. Christina Nash, third grade teacher at the school claims the online course has many benefits for the learners like easy accessibility and customised learning.
She said “They can go at their own pace with the curriculum. If they need a little extra time with the skill, then they can do that. If they’re ready to move ahead once they’ve mastered a skill, they’re welcome to move ahead.”
Proponents of online education believe that virtual learning is not only beneficial for the students, but also for the parents as well. Nathan Currie, Principal at NCCA, claims that online schools and teachers usually team up with parents who home school their kids.
Apart from these, there are many other benefits for online learners which you will experience once you start your online programme. Moreover, as online schools develop programmes for huge number of students, these courses are highly affordable and cost much less than traditional on-campus programmes. Hence, if you are planning to go for an online degree course, then this is just the perfect time for you to get started.
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