The current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, including higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, have caused many students to search for alternatives. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree programme, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial scepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.
All of this means that students, from working professionals to recent high school graduates, find many reasons to take all or some of their courses online. Below are some core benefits to online learning.
- Variety of programmes and courses
- Lower total costs
- More comfortable learning environment
- Convenience and flexibility
- More interaction and greater ability to concentrate
- Career advancement
- Continue in your profession
- Avoid commuting
- Improve your technical skills
- Transfer credits
Students will be able to earn college credit while still enjoying their summer vacation or fulfilling the responsibilities of their seasonal jobs. Similarly, if a college or university is unable to offer enough open sections of a required course, students can take the course online at another college and transfer the credits.
These are just a few of the many advantages of taking online classes. Students in online degree programs are able to manage their time, learn the materials that are presented, and complete assignments on their own schedules.