Write a 5 pages paper on earning a degree through distance education is better than through a traditional institution. In the long run, I thought, you have a title from an institution and generally speaking, people do not ask you where you graduated from.
The institutions of higher learning used several mechanisms to teach their classes at a distance. They used teleconferencing, audio conferencing, and later on the virtual paradigm. I found that the teleconferencing and the audio conferencing are too expensive to offer classes. The virtual paradigm is less expensive to use to offer classes and it is a new way of reaching out to those that otherwise would not be able to attend to classes and earn a degree from a higher educational institution.
With the virtual paradigm I have been able to use my computer, a microphone (if it is synchronized for everyone to communicate simultaneously), use a web camera (if it is also synchronized for everyone to communicate simultaneously). I found out that it is less expensive if I take a class that is non-synchronized. This means that I do not need a microphone or a camera to communicate with the professor or with my classmates.
My views have changed since then. I believe that earning a degree through distance education is better than through a traditional institution. I find, however, that it is not an easy task to accomplish. I believe that going through the traditional education program may be easier to accomplish because it has been the model that we have followed for centuries. It is what I am used to. The teacher is present in a classroom and there is simultaneous feedback as I am accustomed to. If we observe the patterns in history, the traditional educational system has had its flaws: absenteeism, illiteracy, behavioral problems, and, low scores in standardized tests performances. . .