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5 Advantages of Online Learning

By: Tamara Papo

Published On: August 8, 2014

Online learning is on the rise. According to a 2013 report by the Babson Survey Research Group, over 6.7 million post-secondary students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2011, compared to only 1.6 million in 2002. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider taking an online class.

1. Flexibility

The number one reasons more and more students are opting for an online education is flexibility. Students can access their course at anytime from anywhere. This means that parents, working students, and professionals on the move have the option of attending classes no matter their work schedule.

2. Online Access

All you need is a computer and an Internet connection to access all your course material, including lectures and assignments. Students who are taking online classes can also socialize, interact and discuss things through “chat rooms” which are usually offered by most online institutions.

3. Performance

Teachers are always available via e-mail or phone, so if you have any questions about your course, you won’t have to wait until office hours for some one-on-one interaction with your teacher.

4. Cost

The only fees you have to pay to enter most online courses are tuition fees. There will be a set amount for the year and it is usually cheaper than conventional courses because you won’t be paying for classroom space and the other costs associated with attendance-based education.

5. Up-To-Date Information

Textbook-based learning is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Online education allows for teachers to keep their materials up to date with the latest information. The different forms of online educational media, such webinars interviews and presentations, make learning a lot more interactive and engaging.


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