There are many gains to be had in online education because of the opportunities available in the electronic setting. Well-built courses require students to develop both academic and technical competencies. The issue of technical competency is especially important because student deficiencies in that area have been noted for years.
It will be important for students to be able to demonstrate high levels of computer competency in the post-university world, no matter what careers they enter. If education is going to be relevant it will have to help them build the whole range of technical competencies they will need in life.