More and more people are learning online
It is not surprising that a lot of people nowadays learn online, since it is much more comfortable and flexible to take part in online courses than to go into an old-fashioned classroom.
Various educational methods
Online C programming courses are getting more and more popular on the internet. Among different methods, Skype lessons with screen sharing is probably the most popular. The only disadvantage of this method is that the other party (student or teacher) can not take over the control of the mouse or the keyboard if needed. However, this is not important when it comes to presentations. For practical lessons a solution can be the program called TeamViewer, which can run next to Skype. So basically the sound comes through Skype, and the control of the peripherals is managed by TeamViewer. Theoretically TeamViewer could do both of these things, but in fact it is too slow and does not work properly in every occasion. Skype itself went through a lot of updates recently, but these changes are not necessarily positive. Many use Viber or Messenger for educational purposes. This method is recommended for beginner programmers in particular.
There is also the method of watching training videos, or other kinds of training materials that deal with C programming. Even though many people prefer this method, it has the disadvantage of not having a teacher who would supervise the progress of the student, and if there is a problem, there is no one to talk to. On the other hand, these videos can be watched as many times as needed. (It may be an option to record Skype lessons as well, but for that a permission is required from the teacher, and there aren’t many who would allow this.) This method is usually recommended for advanced programmers.
What are the advantages of an online course?
- Flexible time schedule
- No need to adapt to others
- Progress in own pace
- Can be done at home
- Save time and money
It is the only option in many cases
Lot of people have fixed working hours, hence they do not have the possibility to participate in a normal course. And even if they could, there might not be a C programming course where they live or work, so they would have to travel great distances. For these people – with limited time available at their hand - an online course can be a good way to help learning how to program.