Since its development, the Internet has changed the way we live and learn. More than ever, it has become easier to educate yourself because the Internet has no geographical limitation. There are many ways that the Internet has changed education, whether it’s for the good or bad.
Information is readily available on the Internet, so teachers can supply students with specific websites that are ideal to obtain research material for papers, tests and projects. The Internet also provides an opportunity for teachers to learn new material and gain continuing education credits.
An increasing number of universities are offering accredited online programs, which allow enrolled students to take classes without ever stepping into a classroom. There are also many institutions that allow students to follow online lesson plans and take tests to receive certifications. This form of self-study has enabled people to take classes at their own pace and convenience.
The Internet has also made it easy to get study materials such as textbooks, software and other tools needed for learning. Websites such as Blackboard.com have become great Internet notice boards in which students can exchange ideas, check their grades and gather information about assignments, projects and tests.
With everything good, there is also the bad. While the Internet has revolutionized the way to research and receive information, it has also made plagiarism easy without a professor ever knowing where the information came from. There are many websites that offer to write papers or complete homework assignments for under five dollars, so that a student can simply purchase someone else's writing and pass it off as his own.
The completion time of online education depends on the curriculum and the student's work ethic, so taking classes online does not automatically mean you will complete school faster than those learning on campus. Because of the convenience factor, online schooling might even take longer than expected. Also, online learning is not easier than on campus learning; rather, it can be harder because it does not involve direct interaction with other students and professors. Online learning can be especially difficult for students who learn faster through collaboration with other students in group exercises and projects.