The Benefits of Online Learning
- Students can "attend" a course at any time, from anywhere. This means that parents can attend to their children, then sit down to class; working students can attend classes no matter what their work schedule might be from anywhere in the world that has internet access.
- Online learning enables student-centered teaching approaches. Every student has their own style of learning that suits them.
- Course material is available and accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Students have the ability to read and re-read notes from lectures, discussions, explanations and comments from tutors and other students.
- In an online environment, students actively participate in classroom discussion, increasing interaction and diversity of opinion.
- Online tutors are able to provide practical professional knowledge, as well as academic understanding, giving students knowledge that isn’t just contained in books but which shows how class concepts are applied in real business situations.
- Using the internet to attend class, research information and to communicate with other students teaches skills in using technologies that are crucial to workers in the 21st century business community that increasingly works globally and across time zones.
- Participating online is much less intimidating than "in the classroom." Students can think longer about what they want to say and add their comments when ready.
- The online environment can make instructors more approachable. Students can talk openly with their teachers through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions, without waiting for office hours that may not be convenient.
- Students can access the school's library from their computers for research articles, ebook content and other material without worries that the material is already "checked out" by other students.
- Over 75% of colleges and universities in the U.S. offer online degree programs, with online degrees shown to be as respected as "on the ground" degrees.
- No geographic barriers means that online students can find a diversity of course material that may not be available to them where they live or work. This is especially true for professional training such as medical administration training and for students in remote rural areas that cannot support college or vocational training centers.
- Affordability. Additional financial issues such as meals, childcare expenses and travelling or living costs are not a factor. Online education means you can study from the comfort of your own home without having to face the many financial hardships that students who attend traditional college do.
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