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.