Online Education Versus Traditional Education

There are more differences between online education and traditional education besides a couple of cords and a keyboard. Students participating in distance learning will experience different scores, different methods and a different lifestyle than those enrolled in a brick-and- mortar institution.

Different Lifestyle
Rather than being tethered to a specific time allotment, the online degree seeker is able to learn with complete flexibility. This is ideal for those with unconventional work hours, those working full time, those serving in the military or those raising a family.

Different Methods
The traditional method of lectures, books and desks may not be the optimum learning environment for every student. In a New York Times article, experts declared that the real promise of online education is "providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual students than is possible in classrooms," which in turn fosters the concept of "learning by doing." Many students find this engagement more useful and more relevant.

Students at Northcentral University build upon this engagement with the assistance of a faculty mentor. These experienced community and industry leaders provide mentoring and individual insight on your coursework while offering guidance as you determine your career path.

Different Scores
Traditional students may need to sit down at their desks when they find out that another surprising difference between the two learning formats is higher scores.  Studies have shown that students in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving traditional instruction. 

Dr. Ralph Kuehn, Director of Mentors and Quality Assurance at Northcentral University, credits this success to the underlying format of Northcentral University.

"In seeking an online degree, each student relies upon their own motivation to complete each course and to eventually graduate," Kuehn said. "This motivation is a strong proponent for success."

Different Costs
The greatest gap between the traditional and the online could be bridged with currency. The cost of tuition at an online institution, like Northcentral, is a fraction of that at a traditional institution.  Because an online university does not have the fees of maintaining a large campus and its classrooms, it is able to pass the savings onto students of all ages.

As you decide which learning environment is right for you, it is important to consider these differences.  However, dont forget that the biggest difference is the impact that higher education - whether online or traditional - will have on your life.