As time changes and technology evolves, everything around us changes. We see changes in the way we travel, entertain ourselves and spend our money. Similarly we were able to see education systems undergoing swift transformation in the recent years. Hundreds of years ago, there were traditional educational systems where a student enrolls in a university or school and follow the curriculum, earn grades and finally earn a certificate which is a proof of whatever they have learned. Recently, any student can choose between three modes of learning. Traditional learning, distance education and the online courses are the main modes of education.

Three modes of education

All three modes of education listed above have merits and demerits of their own. It is up to the student to decide which mode of education suites him best. Traditional mode of education has been popular for hundreds of years and it is still the most expensive mode of education. Distance education has not become very popular. The very fact the distance education does not help the student as much as the traditional education system in terms of giving knowledge and skill makes it unpopular. It is also noted that distance education is often opted by working class people who wish to add another degree in their portfolio for getting a raise or promotion at work.

Online courses in detail

The online courses have become very popular these days. Online courses are not very expensive and is  very easy to learn. In today’s world where creative disruption is shaking industries, the competition for getting a high skilled job is fierce.

To thrive in this kind of situation, it is more important to get skilled rather than getting certificates from recognized universities. That is where online courses and Massive Open Online course also known as MOOCs come into play. MOOCs are accessible to all kinds of students who have a computer and an internet connection. Time and location does not become a factor in the case of MOOCs.  Students can get access to quality education resource online. These courses are inexpensive when compared to any kind of traditional education systems.

The online courses also help the students to study new topics themselves in a particular focus area without having to go through the entire curriculum. This sort of flexibility helps in saving time, effort and money. For example if a student wants to learn Android Development, he can straight away start learning with Android Studio instead of completing a whole Java learning module. The traditional mode of learning will not allow the students to pick and choose only what they want to learn.

So as mentioned above, based on the requirement of the student, one of the above said modes of education can be chosen by the student.