Are online courses equal in value to traditional face-to-face courses? What about degrees earned virtually vs. those earned at a ground campus? The debate about the validity of elearning has been raging since the beginning of distance education decades ago in spite of studies showing that online courses may be of equal or even of more value.
This debate is perhaps of largest concern to parents and beginning college students who are looking closely at postsecondary learning options and the often connected possibility of gainful employment after graduation. As an educator and lifelong learner in both the face-to-face (F2F) and online modalities, I think there are some hidden benefits of online education that should be kept in mind.