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Online Learning Receives A Big Boost From Brand New Technology

by John B Maxted

One of the factors which has kept a lot of people from enrolling into an online education course in the past was that these courses used to provide a substandard substitute for learning when compared to a traditional classroom environment. However, a lot of improvements have been made in the technology used to offer online bachelor degree programs and now students can enjoy learning in a setting which works much like a traditional classroom. Truly interactive education is now available online.

The widespread availability of high speed broadband internet connections has greatly simplified matters. Instructors can now put large video and audio presentations online, confident that their students will be able to quickly download the class material and begin working almost immediately.

Much of the learning from online classes is done through recorded presentations. These are now better than they ever have been before. Technology enables teachers to record full, continuous audio over a PowerPoint presentation that they control. This is just like being in front of a live lecture and you get the complete audio and visual experience.

Other instructors may choose to actually videotape their classroom lectures. This provides an even more realistic experience as you can really watch the professor speak and see what they emphasize. It also helps to reinforce a name with a face so you can connect and trust that person more.

There are now also discussion boards – these allow students to interact with each other, discuss coursework and generally act as a virtual classroom for students. Many online courses also include live chat rooms to make interaction between students even easier.

There are even live audio and video chats, where, depending on your computer’s ability, you can see other students, talk to them directly and really get to know one another. Not to mention internet calling services such as Skype that let you connect with any other student at any time with questions, comment or for team projects.

You can also use the methods that your professors use. Your instructors will often use a recorded lecture or PowerPoint presentation with voiceover narration; and you can do the same with your homework! Instead of simply turning in a report in plain text, you can create your own multimedia reports – now that’s sure to fetch a good grade!

Don’t think that since you’re taking online bachelor degree courses you won’t have to take tests either! Technology advancements have allowed intricate testing systems to be created that are meant to accurately gauge an online student’s knowledge. Tests can be timed and can only be started or opened once, and there are all formats of questions including essays, multiple choice and true or false. What would be the point of spending money on an online education if you couldn’t even prove to yourself that you know the material?

Online education has come a long way and you can now learn from online courses in a way which is comparable to a traditional classroom setting. There are lectures, student interaction and collaboration and even online tests which work just as in a traditional university. There’s no reason not to choose an online education anymore. It’s convenient and you can earn the degree you need even if your schedule doesn’t permit you to take classes in the traditional manner.

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