Online school is all the rage right now! Given current technology and a global pandemic, it only seems fitting. Online “school” can be a loose term, because it can mean partially online, partially in the classroom. It can mean some of your classes are online and some are in person. And it can also mean that your entire education is solely online.
Here are some facts about an online school. I won’t list them out as pros/ cons because some of these points will be a positive thing for one person, but a negative for others.
You typically can set your schedule. When the coursework is online, you can set your own pace and complete work around your schedule.
Can have little in-person social interaction because it is all online. Some online programs may have in-person meet-up options, but it’s not typical.
Books and course material can be cheaper since they are not spending the resources printing everything.
You can work remotely, giving you the freedom to live in different places. Or even travel while going to school!
It takes a lot of self-driven work because of the flexibility of time.
Office hours with instructors typically are over video call or email, which can make it difficult when you are struggling with the material.
Typically more affordable.
WIFI has a big effect on your success. If you do not have good, reliable WIFI, it can cause a lot of stress and complications with your schooling.
As a parent with a child in an online school, it can take more involvement from you to help with learning material.
Online school can be incredibly convenient and stressful all in the same breath. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to choose an online school! If you chose an online school for you or your child, how did you decide it was the right path for you?