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Online Classes vs Grounds Classes

There are experts of both classes on the web and campus classes for college education. There are also advantages and disadvantages to both learning choices. Whichever educational medium you select, both options can give you a sound education. If you are deciding between taking online classes or firmly sticking strictly to participating in campus classes take into account the following pros and cons when creating your decision.

Attending campus classes means you have to follow the schedule the school gives you. You have no selection on when to attend classes or focus on assignments. You may have several class time options, but overall you will have to arrange your personal schedule around school. Earlier classes have you rising before the sun, and late classes interfere with personal time and takes time away from spouses and youngsters. Other times, the only class scheduled falls throughout a time you must work. This means you either omit taking the class or perhaps ask your boss for the time off. Skipping the class means an individual increase the amount of time you have to stay in school. On the other hand, employers are not as well keen on giving employees time off for an prolonged period of time.

Online classes do not have a scheduled moment so you can access these whenever you have free time at home. You do not need to adopt time off work or miss class because you are usually sick. Online classes provide you with the freedom to work your own pace so long as assignments are completed by the due date. There is no commute to and from the course unless you count walking from your couch to your computer.

Campus classes do offer social conversation that is lacking with internet classes. You will get to know other theories and opinions from many other students on course topics. Your professor will be able to relay even more theories to you during lectures. Group tasks help you practice group management skills and give food to off others ideas. You also have a greater chance of making friends and feasible important acquaintances. It is also easier to ask for recommendations from professors that have met you first-hand and also know who you are.

Classes on the web are isolated, with all the only interaction located on discussion boards and email. You still hear suggestions and theories, but they do not have the same influence as hearing all of them from the person. Additionally it is harder to feeling emotion on a tapped out discussion board. If pupils begin debating an interest, the chance of people obtaining upset or upset is increased because you cannot tell the particular emotion behind the words. You also have to consider personal computer problems when using online classes. Internet connections aren’t always stable and if you happen to hit the actual submit button on the wrong time you could jeopardize your level.

Make a pro-con list any time deciding between online and campus classes. Mull over the advantages and disadvantages of each and every type. If you still struggle with the decision, try taking one on the internet class to see the method that you like it.

Comments: 36

  1. Tommy April 30, 2013 at 2:06 am Reply

    i want to enroll in Sheffield School, an online college for Interior Design. does anyone know the cost of it? plus im only 16 so i wont be doin it for a few years, i just want to know right now so i can save up.

  2. Jaime May 30, 2013 at 5:39 am Reply

    I would prefer online because its hard to go to work and school but if on-campus is better, I’ll just go to school on my days off which would take longer.

  3. Constance June 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    I think i may want to to the online Digital Cinematography Major at Full Sail University, but im not sure if its a good choice. Is it a successful carrer? If not should i just take the full film major on campus?

  4. Rusty July 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm Reply

    I am an active duty Soldier in the US Army. When my enlistment is up I intend to re-enlist, mostly because my school transcripts prevent me from getting into a college Id like to attend (at this point anyways) and I dont want to be thrust back into the civilian world at 25 with no degree. Im really interested in the Avionics field but going to school, or going to campus rather, is impossible for me being an active duty soldier. Im trying to find a school that offers online degree programs or certifcations, or one that can at least get me started in the right direction. Im looking for the following answers

    – What colleges / tradeschools should I look to apply to?
    – Is it neccessary to have a degree vs. certifications or do they go hand in hand?
    – If you have experience in Avionics or a related field, maybe you can reccomend a career path?

    Any help on any of these questions would be greatly appreciated, Im trying to put my life back together, lots of catching up to do…

    Thank you.

  5. Bart August 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm Reply

    I’ve been wanting to wear this dress for a long time. I got it around June of 2011 and never had the chance to wear it. This semester is the first semester I am taking on campus classes and would love to wear this dress. It is Spring here right now. I was thinking of wearing it with a denim vest and my beige colored wedges. What do you think? How can I make it look more casual?

  6. Marianna October 7, 2013 at 6:07 am Reply

    Do you have a preference? Online? Classroom? Or blended formats?
    If you have taken an online course, please share your experiences. 🙂 Thanks!

  7. Mohammed November 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I’m looking into a graduate program through Penn State World Campus. Many classes and certain courses require oral and written based projects or presentations. I’m wondering how is this done for the online setting, where classes are completed on your own time?

    Are presentations done via webcam/headset live or do you “record” them and submit them?

  8. Felisa November 19, 2013 at 2:35 am Reply

    I’m 43 years old and am looking to change careers. Nursing has always interested me and I don’t know where to start. What are the downsides of choosing an online education vs a campus education. Can you still get a degree in 2 years and get an RN job. What is the average salary for this position? My new email is

  9. Masako December 7, 2013 at 4:04 pm Reply

    I’m about to attend college at a technical college..
    just want to know what everyone thinks

  10. Ross December 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm Reply

    I have to write an evaluation paper for my college english class and I decided to compare and contrast taking online classes vs. taking classes on campus. I have some idea on how I’m going to compare and contrast them. We have to start off comparing the two and then I’m going to say taking campus classes are more effective. any ideas on some comparisons and contrasts? Thanks. I’ll give stars.

  11. Vern December 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

    1. What is the population of Students Male Vs. Female Ratio
    2.Majors Offered?
    3 Tuition Fees as of Spring 2013
    3. SAT/ACT scores needed for admission
    4. Available Scholarships
    5. are there any sattelite campuses?

  12. Johnnie December 23, 2013 at 3:21 am Reply

    I have the option of getting a degree online, or on campus. Would getting a degree on campus vs online be more beneficial when it’s time to get a job as a P.E. Teacher? I don’t want to waste my time and money to get an online education if I won’t be able to get a good job with it.

  13. Gerald December 23, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply

    Im writing a compare and contrast essay on online classes vs. traditional classes and i have the outline done but i dont know how to start out my essay, any ideas on a good thesis our first paragraph?

  14. Jessi February 2, 2014 at 3:11 am Reply

    When I grow up I want to be the best vet in town! I don’t know weather I want to go to collage online or campus! I travel allot and need to suport myself meaning a job I don’t go for a couple of years and I have a dog that can’t live in a dorm (border collie) but I really can’t stand not knowing! I get As and Bs no Cs at all so far in high school. It’s my 2nd year of high school!! Can I have your oppinion I am dieing to know what you think!!!

  15. Valentine February 2, 2014 at 6:41 am Reply

    -If I took 2 online I would have more time for work and friends
    -but at the same time I like being around new people in a class setting
    -they are easy classes so its not going tobe difficult either way

    What should I do?

  16. Lorriane February 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I have considered doing online courses through a distance learning school as for one, the area I wish to study is not offered in my area and for two, being a wife and a mother as well as a full time employee, attending classes is not convenient for me at this time. How do employers look at that though? Is it comparative?

  17. Shalon February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am Reply

    I have these two options to take a few classes online and I want to know which one you think is better.

    I have already signed p for Maryland and am waiting for Phoenix to send me some information back.

    I’m already a bit miffed with Phoenix because I called them last weekend and I have yet to have even recieved an email (I had to email my councilor).


    Which one?
    I meant Week not ‘weekend’. I called them on Tuesday.

  18. Hisako February 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm Reply

    what are the pros and cons of going to college online vs. going to college on campus. also, i need information on good online colleges for music technician or administration. any helpful info will be welcome.

  19. Brenton February 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm Reply

    I perfer online course sometimes but I want to get to know some buddies and help each other out.

  20. Tommy February 22, 2014 at 3:34 am Reply

    Okay so I’m 17 and in my senior year of high school. Its almost the end of 1st semester and the year is going by really fast. My dad and counselor have been asking me about what colleges I would want to attend. But the thing is, Im not ready for college yet. Going to a big campus with tons of people is very intimidating to me. I’m really shy, not really confident and have slight social anxiety. So, I was thinking online college? I can do my work and classes from home, or wherever I am and not have to worry about much except getting my work in. I want to become a graphic designer, and I’m sure there’s online college classes for that.
    I know I should get the college experience and all and when finding a job some may not take the online college degree seriously.
    Neither of my parents went to college but my dad makes really good money with his job. My mom…not so much.
    Anyway, what’s your opinion? And what are the advantages/disadvantages of online and non-online colleges.
    Also, what’s your experience?
    Thanks. This will help me a lot.
    Also, my parents may not be able to afford all of the traditional college costs.
    I am also starting to babysit to just make some money for myself and my family situation isn’t the best. My brother is 19 and still hasn’t gone to college and probably never will. I could be the first one on my family to get a college degree whether that be online or traditional.

  21. Jacque February 22, 2014 at 3:35 am Reply

    OK, so I have a question I am 20 years old I graduated from a Charter High school at the age of 16. I have been thinking about going back to school and getting my degrees in becoming an MD, I know I need a bachelors degree before I can even start anything else. My question is, if i get my degree online will it change or affect my chances of getting accepted into a school of medicine? My plan is getting my associates and transferring credits into a bachelors and going from there. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
    *I work full time and have a baby to care for as well

  22. Raelene February 22, 2014 at 5:00 am Reply


  23. Dylan February 22, 2014 at 5:01 am Reply

    i want to go to school to be an ultrasound tech and i was wondering if i took the classes online vs on a campus would my job opportunities decrease by getting an online degree


  24. Constance February 22, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply

    hello ya’ll, i am planning on pursuing a degree in software engineering. this is all nice and grand and wonder full and what not, but, problem is, i am in a spot where i cant actually take the class, well, in a real class. i know in some professions (like, an M.D.), taking an online course is like, career suicide. well is this the case in software engineering? programming and engineering software is all on a PC (for the most part) anyway, so will it affect my job security? will i even be considered for a position? is it worth it? thanks alot =]

  25. Deedee February 22, 2014 at 8:24 am Reply

    I am currently enrolled in Ashford University. While the learning experiance has been great, and I have had no issues with the staff, (other than the fact that the financial department has some attention to detail issues). I feel that because it is an online degree I will be looked at as an inferior candidate for a job after recieving my degree. I would attend a campus university but it is difficult with my lifestyle, (active duty marine corps, Married with new born baby).

    What I am wondering is if–say I were to complete my degree, then take the credits from that degree, and transfer to a major university that accepted them, then finish the remaining classes for that schools degree plan–would there be any negative impact on the weight of my degree for that reason.

    –OR– Does anyone have a better suggestion as to what I should do
    I have been studying multiple subjects using military provided resources to take as many CLEP and Dantes tests as possible.

  26. Danika February 25, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

    I want to start taking Computer Networking classes and found some classes offered online by a local college in the area. This would be convenient for me because I use public transportation to go to school.

    I’ve never taken any online classes before so I don’t know what to expect. What are the pros & cons to taking online classes? My main concern would be the hands on part of these type of courses. Any feedback would be appreciated…

  27. Karly February 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm Reply

    I am totally rethinking my direction here! Is anyone on here in collage and thinks doing online classes are better than being on campus, I know its convenient. I am a mother of two so that is what I am looking for. When it comes to doing classes such as math and stuff I don’t see how I could get all I need to succeed! Any one have advise? does the school pay for a tutor if you are not understanding the stuff?
    What are the perks of being online besides taking classes in my Pjs and being home with the kids?

    Thanks to you all in advance!
    Kaplan maybe? I know i will need a lot of help in the math area and want to better my future but am scared to make a costly mistake.

  28. Nikia March 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm Reply


    I have been considering doing graduate school. My question is: Are traditional on-campus Master’s degrees seen differently than ones that are earned online?

    In other words, do employers look down on online Master’s degrees and prefer candidates who have earned their Master’s degrees through on-campus instruction? Are there any indications on the actual Master’s degree that it was done online when you receive the diploma?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  29. Indira March 20, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply

    So I’m in a dilemma because I’m going to two separate community colleges and I have an online class for SMC and I’m wait pooled in a pysch class there. However in the other college I currently am in 4 classes (2 of them are back up) I’m only planning on having four classes.

    The problem is that if I want any chance on getting into that pysch class I need to show up on the first day but then that means risking the chance of getting dropped from one of the classes that I am enrolled in from the other college when I may not even get into that pysch class. If I end up getting dropped for too many classes because I cant make it on time then I may not be able to go to school full time and I will have to pay back my financial aid money which I have already spent on books :/

  30. Jacki March 20, 2014 at 7:26 am Reply

    I was thinking of doing spring semester for school all online but my mom thinks that’s a crazy idea because I’m in college and supposed to meet new people. I don’t know I’m happy with my friends and volunteer job at the moment and I would like to try a semester online. Your opinions?

  31. Micah March 20, 2014 at 7:26 am Reply

    i heard that some colleges offer classes online that you can take a class per month. Has any one done that or heard of that?

  32. Elwood April 22, 2014 at 1:19 am Reply

    to pursue an on-line degree at an average univeristy or a campus diploma at a top20 university. which is better?

  33. Joella April 26, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Just wondering if anyone who has done classes both ways could give me some of the pros and cons of completing a degree online vs on campus.

  34. Wilmer May 11, 2014 at 5:33 am Reply

    really INSTEAD of comparing and contrasting two items we will only be CONTRASTING them. an example would be mcdonalds or burger king or 2 kinds of cars those are two examples i cannot use cause they were already given 2 me..also can someone give me 3 points i can talk about using the topic given..thanks for any help..i will choose a best answer
    i can’t really do dogs and cats. I have to contrast something that is the same thing..for example..2 dogs.

  35. Jacquelyne June 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm Reply

    I’m a pregnant mom. I have a 19 month old son. And I am 26 weeks pregnant. I do not work. My fiance works monday thru friday, 8am to 6pm.
    I’m really interested in taking some online classes, but I know NOTHING about college, and I’m currently visiting family up north and can’t deal with a college counselor. So I’m seeking good ol’ YA’s help. =) Here are my questions…

    1) Personal experience pros and cons?
    2) How do I get started?
    3) Is it easier to just go in?
    4) How long are classes? Shortest and longest.
    5) Anything else you wanna tell me?

    Thanks! I really appreciate it. I’m going back home in a few weeks, and am going to call the college. I plan to attend Everest too, btw. Or if you have any recommendations for Northern Florida, feel free to throw that out there too! Thanksss!!

  36. Salvatore June 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm Reply

    What is the best online university that lets your take just classes. I do not want a degree from that university I just want to take classes?

    And also what is the most affordable online univ that lets you just take classes?

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