Online Education System: A Challenge for Traditional Higher Education

Online Education System

Online Education System: A Challenge for Traditional Higher Education

Education is a part and parcel of life. It is a lifelong process and one could not do without education. Education system, thus, becomes an equally important aspect as it is the method adopted to educate or impart knowledge.


Our standard perception of a higher education institute is that of a huge building or campus where a person goes once in his lifetime, usually between 18-24 years of age, and moves though it for over next four consecutive years of his life.


Thinking of higher education, we could also visualise a class room where a professor is the primary source of information for his students. However, there is nothing wrong in saying that this image is undergoing a rapid change with time.


With the virtual reality gradually overtaking the real reality, online education systems or virtual learning environments are slowly being adopted by various higher education systems. In the digitalised era like that in the 21st century, institutions of higher education are going out of the way in order to attract students through their technological offerings.


New techniques of distance learning and online education are transforming the student experience even in campus. With the evident boom in technological evolution, there are immense chances that the online education systems would replace the traditional higher education in the near future.


Traditional higher education works upon the idea of university. A university may be referred to as a platform where a professor of a subject instils his knowledge in his students. He is a both a preacher and a missionary in a university. He propagates his views and understandings in the best possible manner and with colossal zeal.


A university could also be defined as a place that encourages discoveries, new learnings, by connecting minds with minds and knowledge with better knowledge. In addition to this, a university is a temple of knowledge and an Alma Mater for many generations.


All of these characteristics of a university with traditional system of higher education, to be precise, may look like the good ones to some while may be unscrupulous for the others.


There are many who argue that the traditional education is the best way of propagating higher education. They believe that taking standardised tests is important for both student and school performance and that they are the best way of grasping knowledge about something.


They feel that the traditional higher education system is necessary because it is difficult for to make educational decisions on their own. However, many others take these qualities the other way round. They believe that the quality of traditional learning is not beneficial for personal growth.


The teacher is the professor of knowledge and students are the recipients or mere subjects. In turn, the teachers are directed by the university administration. Subjects that the students are not much interested in are also forcefully incorporated in the curriculum.


The universities do not usually provide experimental learning and focus only on teaching students to learn that proves to be one of the biggest drawbacks of traditional higher education system. The highly critical feature is that the students do not usually get to introspect and neither do they participate in choosing aims, curriculum or manner of working.


On the other hand, online higher education systems focus mainly on delivering quality learning experiences that could help yield best of results. The Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are the epitomes of the trending online higher education systems.


They represent most recent stage in the evolution of open online educational resources.  More and more recognised institutions of universities offering higher education are now accepting MOOCs as a part of their experimental learning so that the students could get maximum functional exposure.


MOOCs provide students with a platform where they can now receive transfer credit toward a degree course from a reputed institution for learning not acquired at a university or college. It has been proved that students who acquire knowledge through the use of online higher education systems, are self-sufficient.


Also, aptitude assessment helps them identify and acknowledge areas that they excel in. Online higher education systems offer innumerable benefits to the students. Some of them are:


  1. The system is suitable for aby setting that has web or Wi-Fi connectivity.
  2. The students are free to choose the language that they wish to learn in. There are multiple language options available for students choosing to study via online education systems
  3. The students have the choice of learning at the time and place that is best suitable for them
  4. Online education systems provide for ample interactivity among students and hence they could share their ideas with each other for better learning.
  5. Online education systems make education environment better and interesting by encouraging the students to participate in discussions.
  6. Online education systems enhance lifelong learning abilities.
  7. Online education systems provide great opportunities for students to experience elite learning


The online education systems have a very flexible and affordable approach. They are definitely a godsend to candidates who want to pursue higher education but are not financially equipped.


However, despite their advantages, students who are devoid of the basic online learning skills might have to struggle with the drawbacks of this education platform. But a few drawbacks cannot, in any way, overshadow the benefits offered by the online higher education systems.


The funding and support that the online education systems have been getting from eminent personalities, like Bill Gates, add to its potential in reshaping or replacing the traditional education landscape today and in the future.


The loud and clear distinction between campus-learning and online learning will be blurred and the online learning systems would begin to replace the traditional higher education in the universities in coming years. In fact, it is already happening!


About the author- Pragya Sehgal – Pursuing her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, Pragya loves to read and write. This young lady likes to surround herself with creative people. In order to acquire functional exposure, Pragya is interning as a content writer with presently.

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