It’s the big debate in the education world – how will online education impact traditional education? Also, what are the advantages of one over the other.
What’s important to note is that it’s not really about one over the other, but about what works best for a student. Nothing can beat a campus experience, but then not everyone can afford a traditional university education. So, it’s really about filling the gaps and about accessibility. And this is where online programmes have an edge, and are thus being called game changers. There is, of course, also the hybrid model – a mix of both offline and online, which is being seen as a best-of-both-worlds option.
The debate, however, is not new.. Even before the pandemic, the idea that a traditional college education was necessary for the achievement of a fulfilling career was being tested.
As we end 2020, while still living in the pandemic, this debate around online certificate programmes versus graduate degrees has deepened yet again. Should one go for a graduate programme from a prestigious university, or accumulate as much knowledge as possible through online certificates, workshops, Zoom gatherings, YouTube lessons, or certificate courses offered by Coursera, Udemy, and many others?
This article attempts to address some questions around the debate.