With the growing use of technology in our educational and academic world, we are relying more and more on alternatives to conventional teaching and evaluating methods. One such modern way of teaching is the increasingly popular online education and online degree programs.
Where one cannot undermine the importance and reach of an online coursework compared to a few number of students sitting in a classroom. However, the debate over their quality is something that cannot be avoided as well. To start with the major flaw that is often quoted amongst the ones who are against this concept is that there is a lack of supervision. As human nature, without supervision the quality of desired output is always compromised. Hence, similarly if the students have no supervision and no constraints to work and live around, then they will not prove to be as effective in learning as they would generally. This is true because the inevitable flexibility that online programs offer, for example, no time restrictions to study, attend classes or work as well as lack of proper evaluating methods such as classroom exams creates a big loophole in the whole mechanism.
Another major indication of the weakness of online degree programs is that there is just too much reliance on technology and at times it can result in loss of productivity or development of a comfort zone among students that they never wish to come out. In classrooms and institutions, students are generally in many ways taught to work outside their comfort zone through projects, assignments and other work while through online there is not much room to play with. Finally, when we talk about the exposure that students get in online programs is not really anything, during the study days students are exposed to a lot of different opportunities that can help them grow and mature. However, sitting in front of a computer and studying alone has nothing much to offer.