non-traditional educationTraditional education is brick and mortar—head off to the classroom and personally interact with teachers and other students. But with the widespread availability of the internet, traditional educations have been challenged with the non-traditional approach—attend classes online and interact with educators and other students via Skype, video-conferencing and student/teacher portals.

Traditional Education VS Home Schooling

Initially, traditional education was challenged with home schooling. Parents made the decision to educate their children at home. Some used videos to supplement the one-on-one education time, and many joined home schooling groups to enhance their children’s social interaction. Many groups felt the children would be receiving a sub-standard education, but those skeptics have since been proven wrong.

Non-traditional Avenues of Learning

Learning approaches were transformed when society evolved. People became mobile, more active, and began multi-tasking. These changes not only affected our personal lives but have changed the way we work and receive our educations. Brick and mortar colleges are even embracing the need for these non-traditional avenues of learning. Many universities are uploading classroom lectures to YouTube and iTunesUniversity for student viewing. Colleges and universities are learning that blending both approaches (classroom instruction and other forms of learning) can benefit the college, the student and teachers. Hence the recent upsurge of online degree programs and the non-traditional educational offerings.

Working Moms, Double-job Workers, Single Parents and Business Professionals

Today, the debate is ongoing whether or not non-traditional learning provides the level of education that traditional learning has proven to supply. However, one thing is certain—non-traditional learning meets the needs of a completely different demographic of learners: working moms, double-job workers, single parents, business professionals, those who were late to go to college, and those in the military. The non-traditional approach to education has provided an option for these types of students by affording the means and the opportunity for them to either pursue or enhance their higher education.

So have you had experience with either traditional or non-traditional education? Which do you prefer: traditional or non-traditional? Leave us a comment below.

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