The Benefits of Online Education: How Effective is it Really?

Not only is online learning more effective for students, it's also better for the environment.

Online courses

consume 90% less energy and release 85% less CO2 per student than traditional face-to-face courses, according to the UK Open University. Despite the common misconception that virtual courses are not as effective as in-person classes, research conducted by Karl Alexander at Johns Hopkins University and many others shows that students, especially those with fewer resources at home, learn just as much when they are not in school. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educational institutions to move their classes online, and parents have had to ensure access and participation of students in online learning activities.

In Romania, during the period of isolation, respondents who had access to good quality computers or similar equipment perceived these courses as more effective. Online courses offer introverted and extroverted students the opportunity to thrive, and success is more accessible in virtual classes that are available wherever you are. Furthermore, employers value the time management skills that online students have developed. Course redesign strategies involve interactive learning in the online environment with the support of multimedia tools.

The ability of teachers to be more lenient will have a positive effect on the perception of the effectiveness of online courses. The perception of the ability of teachers to manage online courses will have a positive effect on the perception of the educational institution's adaptation to online education. To investigate higher education students' motivational e-learning strategies against online distractors, an online survey was conducted through Google Forms. The results showed that there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between students' desire to attend physical classes and the perception of the effectiveness of online education.

In conclusion, online education is an effective way for students to learn and develop skills that will be valued by employers. It is also better for the environment than traditional face-to-face courses. With course redesign strategies and interactive learning tools, virtual classes can be just as effective as in-person classes.