Traditional Education Versus Online E-Learning Methods: Which Is Better?

Have you considered going back to school? If so, are you considering an “Online Course” versus a campus classroom setting? There has been an ongoing debate over the past few years related to the quality of virtual, online courses. The statistics are proving a trending popularity in open online courses, with fully accredited Degree programs. I have been on both sides and have taught several courses via video streaming, but can every educational course be taught and measured successfully?

2014 study by MIT study stated that “Massive open online courses are not only effective, …they are as effective as what’s being traditionally taught in the classroom — regardless of how prepared or in the know students are.” However, the faculty did not share such enthusiasm. In this same study, “A number of well-known educators have said there isn’t going to be much learning in [Massive Open Online Courses], or if there is, it will be for people who are already well-educated.” MIT, however, did not stop its path of revolutionary changes and declared that they would be a front runner in “educational experimentation.”

The trend, however, was not in favor of Online Courses, as there had been a “slight dip” in online registrations. According to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group, “The dip is one reflected in the faculty. The percentage of chief academic leaders claiming online learning is critical to their long-term strategy dropped from 69.1 to 65.9 this year.” In 2014, only 5% of higher education institutions offered an Online Curriculum, hindered in large part to a lack of faculty support of such disruptive methods. But, technology will not be stopped, as the evidence by 2018 proves true.

An article in Ed Tech Review asks the question, “Is Traditional Education Dying? “Online classes are gradually conquering the education world. Students find them to be as good as the regular ones. Their rising popularity convinces more and more people to choose this way of studying.” The article adequately addresses the pros and cons of the online educational experience but definitely leans toward the future of a growing multi-versatile platform for students of all ages. Within 4 short years, the expansion of the virtual classroom extends into Ph.D. level programs and everything in between. But, will the traditional classroom eventually disappear, replaced with a screen and video-feed?

When I completed the Executive MBA program at San Diego State University, there was no alternative option to join this exclusive group via a virtual setting. The demanding 2-year program was intensely interactive, fiercely competitive and exceptionally taught by the University’s most elite educators. To be accepted into the program was an accomplishment in itself. I personally cannot imagine the program being conducted in a virtual classroom. The environment of in-person, face-to-face communication was one of the most valuable experiences for me and without that interface, I would not have received the best benefits of all—personal relationships built while working together under intense pressure and exhaustion to achieve the wins as a team.

What do you think? Your experience?

Bobbye Brooks, MBA-A Fan of Education

The Secret of Success

I’ve read countless numbers of books on “Success” and all of its descriptions. There are a myriad of opinions on “success” and how one achieves it. Personally, I believe success is defined and measured individually, as each person has a different and unique perspective. What is success? How do you measure your success? Do you consider yourself successful?

For some, money means success. For others, success is being independent, the business owner…the car, the house, the affluence. I think a big part of this identity stems from our society, Hollywood, Wall Street and the generation of entitlement. Does success mean happiness, freedom, peace…? Is there a “secret” to success?

In my 20’s, I worked hard to be my definition of successful: the young, upwardly mobile or “yuppie” was my example. I read the books, listened to the tapes and attended the seminars. In my 30’s, success meant reaching a place of status, having worked hard to earn the position. To be honest, internally I was miserable, unhappy and burned out. On the outside, I looked the part…on the inside, I was falling apart.

Today, I have an entirely different view of success. I still have the ambition, the motivation and yes, even the anxiety, but I have learned something that I consider to be very valuable on the path to “success”. I get up everyday and try to do my best. Most days I focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I have learned that it does me no good to try to put 10 feet in front of the one foot. It doesn’t work.  I have learned that success is not and should not be measured by status in comparison to others.

The secret of success for me is persevering…enduring…putting one foot in front of the other, day by day. In business, in relationships, in everything…one step at a time, day by day. Trials and tribulations come and sometimes the circumstances threaten to take us out. Even if we have to re-direct our steps, revise our goals or even take a break, those decisions are evidence of “success”. Just don’t give up, don’t quit and don’t let anyone or anything have the power to rob you of your dreams and visions.

The Secret of Success? Everyday, you get up and keep going. That’s success! Enjoy your successful day.

Bobbye Brooks

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned

Today was a busy day for me, Valentine’s Day, of all days. I wished my husband “Happy Valentine’s Day” as I left for a 7:30am meeting. He, too, was leaving right after me. Some people say, “slow down”, ” you’re too busy”, “why work so hard”…and my favorite, “is it really worth it?” I am the first to admit that my “life” is not for everyone. Yes, I am busy. Yes, I know I need to slow down. Yes, I probably work too hard. And, YES, it really is worth it. One of the absolute BIGGEST lessons I have learned in my life is to NEVER QUIT. Keep going and keep moving forward. In the Bible, Paul says to run the race with endurance and to keep the faith until the end. Endurance is not easy and sometimes the days are long but it is so worth it when you look back see the ground that you have been tilling/planting/nurturing is now growing a bountiful crop. That’s awesome.

The other thing I have learned is that the world is full of negative “nay sayers” who challenge and question things that are usually none of their business. That’s okay with me and to be honest, I do try to listen and glean from any wisdom I can from those who are a lot smarter than me. But, at the end of the day, the turtle does win the race. Just keep going…step by step.. baby steps are okay.

About 8 years ago, I convinced Tonilee to put on a women’s conference with me. She hated the idea…I mean really hated it. After a “message from God” (literally), she finally agreed. It was difficult to say the least. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never done it. I was younger and naive. Somehow, some way, every year, we found the courage (lapses of memory) to do this event again and again. It was painful at times, for lots of reasons and every year, I swore it would be the last. But, another lapse of memory would come and here we would go again. Now, in 2013…we are doing #8, out 8th annual women’s conference. Somewhere around year 6, the crowds started coming. Wow…I thought…something has changed. And then I realized what changed, we had tilled the ground, planted the seeds (every year) and kept working the crop…year after year. This past month, we have contacted about 250 churches in San Diego who have requested our cards and information about the event. When we first started, they would ask, “Bobbye and Tonilee who?” It took time to introduce ourselves to them…some how, some way…we NEVER GAVE UP.

About 4 years, I convinced Tonilee to form a new company with me called Media 4 Women (starting to sound familiar). She wasn’t so keen on the idea, maybe didn’t hate it but didn’t like it. Who are we to start a media and marketing company? Boy, did we get the comments on that decision. Lots of opinions and many of them were not so positive. Some how, some way…through difficult challenges and long days…we have built an amazing “little” company. We have helped start dozens of new businesses and have worked with amazing businesses and individuals across the country. I cannot believe all that I have learned in the world of Internet marketing and online social media marketing, to the point that I love helping people learn how use the online tools for themselves. The power of life is in knowledge. The Bible says that My people perish for lack of knowledge. We need to keep learning, keep growing and keep going. NEVER QUIT.

One more example. About 10 years ago, Tonilee and I started writing Daily Devotionals. Guess what? People told us that we would never keep it up. Why bother? 10 years later, these devotionals all over the world. They go out daily via emails. We have a daily devotional app. We have a daily devotional book. And, the devotionals are on numerous websites including and NEVER QUIT.

Please do not allow others to discourage you or hinder your dreams. You are the only one can quit. There is 100% failure rate if you quit. Keep going. My day today was amazing and as I prepare for our weekly Bible study, I truly thank God for His faithfulness and guidance in my life. He makes it worth while and He has plan for all of us. We just have to keep the faith and NEVER QUIT.


Bobbye Brooks


%d bloggers like this: