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Will Online Education Programs Replace Traditional Education Colleges?

Technological advancements have made online education programs very competitive with the conventional university degrees. Could it lead to crucial change in college education, or have only a low impact?
Let’s draw analogy between education development and music.

Till the early 20th century, people can listen to the music at live performances or play it by themselves. All music played live. Then the technology of music developed. It was primitive at first, but it rapidly improved and now people listen to the recorded music far more than to live performances. Live music hasn’t disappeared and become more valuable. And recorded music allows us a huge variety, high quality and total freedom of choice at low price.

Accordingly, ancient humans received education listening to and working with mentors and teachers.
Starting from Renaissance epoch in Italy, colleges attracted students who wanted to study with concrete academics. For approximately 800 years, college education was in room with professors.
Then, in the end of 20th century, other learning possibility appeared, particularly distance learning via the Internet. Like all recorded music, firstly, the quality of online education was low, but for some students it was the best opportunity available.

The technology quickly improved and today a huge amount of students attend at least one course online.
Online education has become popular because colleges are continuing to raise the cost of education over the last decades, far exceeding the profit of average American family. To finish higher education most students are forced to borrow constantly and/or force their families run dry all the time.

Stories about students who owed around $200,000 to college loan to pursit its biology degree are too common.

With development of online education, more and more individuals can participate in learning they want, when and where they want it online. They want to leave the very costly era of education.
The sad fact is that most students these days do not want traditional kind of education experience.

Moreover, very few professors really want to spend their time on students. A substantial amount of students want a credential testing to some level of occupational competence, also they want it with as small effort as possible. And the big part of college scholars do not want spend much time working with undergraduates.

They are happy to minimize the effort they have to devote to their students.

I suspect that a substantial number of American students will abandon that expensive but frequently educationally thin traditional college education as online improved improve and become better known.
I think that a hybrid model of education will occur. The need of quality educational experience will never disappear, as the demand for live music will not vanish. I also think, however, that the percentage of traditional college education will shrink dramatically in the future years, while the percentage of online programs will keep growing.