The newest rage in education is the online degree. You can’t hardly turn on the TV these days without seeing some sort of commercial for Everest College or DeVry University or the like trying to pound what a great idea it would be to get an online degree from them down your throat.
Honestly, I view these ads with the precise skepticism and haughty derision as the late night infomercials prodding me to buy Mega Hits of the 80’s. Although, I have to concede that they employ much better actors than said infomercials and they actually almost persuade me to the notion that getting an online degree might just be a good idea after all.
But, is it?
That’s a tricky question and it almost definitely depends on who you are as an individual.
For some people, such as people currently in the workforce with a family to support, an online degree would probably be a great idea. An online degree largely revolves around your hours and allows time for you to complete work at your leisure. That would allow you to keep your job and continue to provide for your family while getting your degree.
However, there are some distinct drawbacks for the rest of us. The main and most important one would be that online degrees rely largely on theory. Students can expect to complete a mountain of book work and exercises pertaining to the theory of their field. In some fields, that’s just fine.
However, in an application driven industry such as Mass Communication, this would be impossible. There’s no way you could learn to do the things we do from a book. It’s because of this online students will have trouble stacking up in the real world against those with a traditional degree. It’s a shame for online students that more fields aren’t solely based on theory.