As the discussion highlights technology results in changing perspectives of the functions of education at a very fundamental level. On one level, it empowers students to take charge of their learning by combining a fascination with the novel and unfamiliar and a need to know. On another level, technology increases media richness. Rather than reading text from a textbook, students are able to research the content on the internet, perhaps watch a video clip about the topic, and engage a topic in a richer way.From this paper it is clear that the early 21st century is witnessing a transformation occurring in the format of the typical classroom. Online education is not only a benefit to young people; the online classroom incorporates adult learners, including those for whom English is a second language, as equal participants in a discussion. These individuals, who would have trouble finding a traditional classroom of people like themselves, can find a community of people with the same interests and same skills more easily though the internet and learn from each other through this richer medium. Nevertheless, while an online-only classroom can serve as a unifying factor for adult learners, there is something to be said about the benefits of a traditional education for a younger generation. Traditional college campuses have not disappeared because young adults gain from a college experience beyond the material they learn in their courses, which they could easily gain from an online class. The traditional classroom offers campus experience and social development that an internet resource cannot provide (Keefer).
The reason why online education appeals to young and older students alike is that it accommodates a work/school schedule and offers a wider variety of subjects than a traditional education. With respect to an accommodating schedule, online education is lower cost and more convenient than travelling to a physical location (Dillon). Together, with these cost savings and the ability to budget more time for work or family, online education presents new opportunities for adult learners. In addition, online education is wider in scope; that is, there is the prospect of a much wider swathe of subjects online with experts from all over the world, which may benefit younger students who do not have as much exposure to the global context of many topics (Adams and Corbett). Such an opportunity for worldwide information to be shared facilitates self-development, educational goals, and even employment