The Pros and Cons of Online Education

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Cory Olcott is an accomplished educator and school administrator who currently teaches English at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts. He also serves as dean of the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall sophomore class and as director of Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall student activities. One of Cory Olcott’s main professional interests is online education.

Online learning is a popular option for students who are either indisposed or unable to attend traditional campus courses. The opportunities to participate in this burgeoning form of instruction vary greatly from institution to institution and from discipline to discipline. Before choosing an online education program, students should carefully consider their particular academic or career objectives and learning styles.

The benefits of online learning include their general flexibility in terms of time and location. Many online programs are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing students to complete course assignments at all hours. Online courses also render geographic location irrelevant, allowing students to take courses from anyplace in the world.

Despite its great value and usefulness, online learning isn’t right for everyone. Students who are uncomfortable with technology are obviously at a disadvantage in the “virtual reality” of the online educational environment. Students who require extremely high levels of instructor and classroom involvement may also struggle in online courses.


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After years of teaching while coaching sports teams in California, Cory Olcott moved across the country to enroll in Harvard University's School Leadership Program, where he will earn his license to serve as a school administrator. While attending this program, Olcott also works as a Principal Intern at TechBoston Academy, where he observes teachers in the classroom and provides evaluations and feedback to help them improve their methods. Cory Olcott began his professional career as an English teacher, where he jump-started in-school water polo programs and helped lead one of his first teams to a 29-1 record. As Olcott changed schools over his career, he continued to serve various water polo clubs and programs as a coach. In three seasons as the head water polo coach at Palo Alto High School, Cory Olcott helped five players receive scholarships to Division I programs, while six of his players were honored as Academic All-Americans. Through his studies at Harvard University, Olcott is expanding on his knowledge of education through classes that prepare him for the administrative duties of running a school, including financial strategies, fundraising considerations, and leadership ethics. He is expected to earn his principal licensure in the summer of 2012. Cory Olcott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Outside of work, Olcott enjoys swimming, running, skiing, exploring New England, and spending time with his son and daughter. He is a Co-Chair of the Northwestern 20th Reunion Committee and is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Council.

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