In the modern era, a lot of people take online classes and do online research. Many people use ebooks instead of traditional books. Nowadays, with mobile devices, one can read and research virtually any subject in almost any physical location. However, there are people who say this is a less effective form of learning. Others are very optimistic about this change.
Personally, I think that internet research is typically just as accurate as research using textbooks. It is also much easier. It can be accomplished much faster. The only drawback is that there are some sites with limited quality control. These sites can contain inaccurate information. Luckily, they are often not too hard to pick out. I have noticed that these sites typically appear shoddily constructed, have a lot of grammatical errors, or there are discrepancies between the site and information on other websites. There also seem to be relatively few websites with inaccurate information. Some people claim that some encyclopedia sites, such as wikipiedia.com are riddled with errors. However, I find that this is very rarely the case.
There are also full college courses that can be accomplished online. Personally, I have noticed a significant drawback to this. On the flip side, there are some really big positive aspects to online college courses. It can be a great option for someone who has to stay at home. There are even credible colleges where all the work is done online.
I can say that my experience with online college classes was mixed, but it was largely positive. It was great being able to stay home. I really did enjoy being able to set my own hours. There were often deadlines for assignments, but I had the ability to manage my own days and weeks. I had a part time job while I was taking classes online. With the increased flexibility, my employer had the ability to schedule me for more shifts. However, I did find online classes somewhat impersonal.
Online education can be great for some people. The fact that I did not have to go to a physical location at specified times would be great for those who travel frequently, stay at home parents, or those with mobility problems. These groups, particularly the stay at home parents, make up a large segment of the population. Online education would make going to college accessible for a much wider group of people.