Advantages of Online Classes
As I've touched on in other posts, recent studies show that employers are becoming less focused upon the issuing institution for your degree. Instead employers look to experience in order to differentiate candidates. Following this trend, many students are turning to the internet in search for college degrees. The landscape is filled with virtual class offerings for everything from business to fine arts. Traditional schools are expanding their curriculum online in an attempt to capture more students and revenue. There are many advantages to participating in online learning, also known as eLearning or online classes. Several of them will be discussed here.
Set your own schedule. This is arguably the most profound advantage. Imagine the flexibility of attending classes on your time, rather than on your professor's time. Most online classes allow you to complete coursework on your time, as long as you meet a pre-determined deadline or schedule. This allows your education to work around other priorities in your life, such as jobs and or family. Your school comes to you rather than the other way around. If you need to travel somewhere, simply take your laptop and your school follows.
Expanded Offerings. Out-of-state tuition is almost always higher than in-state tuition. But what happens when the education path you desire is not offered by those schools in your community or state. This is where online college really comes into play. You have the advantage of taking classes offered by institutions out of the state, or even out of your country. Available to you are the courses offered by 1000s of schools across the world. Almost any path of study is available online.
Increased Technology. Today's eLearning is far advanced than that of even a few years ago. Through the proliferation of broadband internet, your classroom, your classmates and your teacher are a click away. Many schools offer webcam classes - this is where you virtually attend a real-life and real-time class. You have all the advantages of listening to a life professor from the comfort of your own home. In some cases you are even able to instant message with your professor. Technology has helped blur the distinction between online and in-class learning.
Set your own pace. Many students enjoy the ability to compress what would be 4 year degree into 3 years. By taking more classes at once students are able to finish their education faster. This saves both time and money - two things greatly valued by today's students. Which brings us to our last point.
Save money. Without the overhead of classrooms and materials, institutions are able to pass the savings onto the students. Online classes are often much cheaper than their non-online counterparts.
Do some research before deciding whether to take online or non-online education. Most universities that offer online coursework will have a dedicated section on their website. Make sure to work with an advisor to understand all the requirements of your degree.