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How online learning will change education

Digital learning is, in many ways, already making inroads into our education system. The internet, and everything surrounding it, has changed the way in which we can carry out research and writing. This trend seems set to continue, and with our technology continually advancing, it will most likely expand in the coming years. How this will change our education, and the way we learn, is yet to be determined. What we know for sure is that it will change both of these things. This article will delve into some of the major ideas surrounding online learning in higher education, which will hopefully give some people a chance to understand the basics of the debates.

What do education experts think about it?

The online world has acted as a surplus to the world of education for quite some time. Online study is different from this, but the results of it will most likely be similar.

Education experts are mostly very enthusiastic about the changes that are coming with online education. Since the world at large is becoming more and more entwined with the online world, experts are saying that e-learning and distance education will help people to be ready for working in that world.

Some people do say that there are possibilities that online learning will lead to an increase in cheating and in people who don’t make the effort they should. This is something that needs to be studied, but it is not the digital learning itself, which would cause the issue, so how much it will affect the development of online learning will vary.

Examples of achieving success with online learning

Online learning is currently more or less confined to educational courses which are offered online. The digital world has proved to be very useful for distance learning programs, as it has allowed for a switch between paper-only course to having these courses entirely online. The process is sped up, because rather than needing to wait to have everything processed by the postal service, materials and assignments can be sent to and fro instantly through email.

This has been a huge success not only because of the speed, but also because it has made education more accessible. Experts from all agree that more and more people from all walks and aspects of life are now finding that they can access education much more easily than they could before.

Anybody with work and a family and other responsibilities can understand how difficult it is to find time for education if you need to be in a certain place at a certain time on a certain day. Online learning can provide a way to get an education without needing to worry about having to turn up to specific places, and so it can be easily worked around a job and family.

Online education is successful because it is very flexible; it lets people study while they do other things, and nobody has to suffer.

Pros and cons


  • It allows more people to access education
  • Educational courses can make use of the digital world and all of its resources and information
  • Online learning stretches what we can do with our information, and with our education
  • It gives us the opportunity to learn more about different subjects in ‘taster’ courses


  • It could possibly lead to more cheating, because there is less oversight
  • Online teaching means that it can be difficult to get hold of a teacher or lecturer when you are genuinely having problems
  • Commitment issues might be a factor in online education and learning

Online learning in 2025

Online learning is expected to continue growing over the coming years, with the next five years being seen as particularly important. This is to the point of many experts claiming that, by 2025, we will be seeing the vast majority of education move to an online system.

What will this mean? Will it completely eradicate the need for brick and mortar institutions? That seems unlikely, especially considering that not everybody has a functioning laboratory in their houses, and many sciences will still need to conduct experiments.

But many of the arts courses might seize the opportunity to move completely online, and forgo classrooms and face-to-face meetings entirely.


Education is changing, it is undeniable. Whether or not these changes will be good, and what the consequences will be, are the subject of hot debate. Online learning has its pros and cons, as does every other style of learning which has been practised over the years. This article has hopefully give a good overview of what is important when it comes to online learning, and while it is only short, it will give people a good starting point. Anybody who wants to learn more can then use the information in here to point them in the appropriate direction for where they want to go next.

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