Studying online has been an optimal and accessible alternative to learning, especially with new advances in technology. Adaptable, flexible, and affordable, studying at home has become the top option for millions of people. According to “Grade Change”, a study tracking virtual learning in the US, even in 2014 more than 7 million college students are taking at least one online course.
Benefits of Studying Online
Online studies have several differences between face-to-face options but what are they? What are some benefits of studying online? Here are five.
Progressive Educational Environment
One of the principal advantages of online classes is that with today's technology, there are many tools used that enhance the experience for both students and teachers. For example, media content can be shared in real-time, or hundreds of students from different places can participate together in a virtual classroom. Teachers can share links, files, videos, and hundreds of resources super easily and students can be easily notified of updated information.
The technology applied to online education allows platforms to be created where the students can interact with one another. They do not study “alone”. Through chats or forums, knowledge can be built up together. Having exchanges with people from different places enriches student experience and perceptions about the world. For example, a student who is getting a business education in a Hispanic country can share problems with someone from Europe, making a unique exchange.
There are thousands of online programs. This includes not only online courses but also micro degrees, master's degrees, and certifications on hundred of topics, including careers from colleges and universities around the world. Many people are getting a business education while learning another language. In addition, practical courses are also available in almost any field of the handicraft world (crocheting, gardening, etc).
Virtual education breaks a spatial and temporal barrier, allowing students to access content and sessions at almost any time or place as long as they have a device with an internet connection. Online courses can be taken respecting every student's rhythm. Studying on the internet allows a balance between personal and professional life.
Program pricing is one of the leading benefits of virtual learning. Universities and institutes that focus on a virtual model don't spend money on campus and maintenance expenses. This impacts tuition and course prices. Students also can save money on transportation or moving out. There are platforms where free courses but with paid certificates are available.
Everything has pros and cons. Here are two potential downsides of virtual learning.
Online students like flexibility but if they don't organize their time and follow an agenda they easily miss due dates and can ruin their grades. Students need to make a schedule and create a routine. Preparing a special room at home with a computer may help students to focus.
Internet connection, device issues and distractions are huge impediments to keeping online studies on track. Before engaging in an online course, it's important to update the internet connection and devices to avoid any problems. Also, it's always a good idea to turn off notifications for social media during specified study times.