With the increase in students’ population, budget cuts, higher tuition and course shortages, traditional education has been rendered less effective. Many students have therefore been forced to seek alternative learning methods to further their education. This has prompted learning institutions to introduce online education so as to meet those demands by students.
What is online education
Online education refers to a method of delivering educational information through the internet to students. Students use their computers, iPads, iPhones, tablets and other gadgets capable of accessing the internet to learn from home. In most cases, the educational programs and courses are offered to students via the host institution’s online learning platform, though some may be delivered through other alternative technologies.
Advantages of online education
Online education has gained a lot of reputation and is becoming the greatest revolution in contemporary education due to some reasons.
Various programs and courses to choose from
From education to nursing to neuroscience, students are offered a variety of options. This simply means that you can study whatever course you wish to. Interestingly enough, you can earn all the academic certificates, diplomas and all degrees (undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D.) online.
Lower educational costs
Even though not all online programs are less costly, most of them are more affordable as compared to the traditional colleges. Even those that are expensive, their associated costs are cheaper as compared to those of traditional colleges. For instance, commuting costs and course materials such as textbooks are not necessary for online education. Moreover, most institutions of higher learning are currently considering accepting credits earned through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Since there are no physical classes involved, students are saved the hustles of beating traffic, leaving work earlier to attend lessons, and trying to get time for their loved ones. All the learning materials are sent electronically to students who read and complete their assignments before submitting them in the same way from home.
Convenience and flexibility
Unlike in the traditional college education system, students who study online have the opportunity to plan for their study time all day round. You can study as well as work at the time you feel more energized to do so. You don’t have to follow a given timetable to attend classes. All the course materials are available online which saves you the time you would spend to visit a library.
Improved technical skills
Even though it’s mandatory to have basic computer skills to learn online, as you learn to navigate various learning management systems and programs, you improve your technical skills such as creating documents and sharing them online, incorporating video and audio materials into your assignments among others.
Other advantages worth mentioning include
- More time to interact with many people
- Greater concentration ability
- Career advancement: you can start and complete your degree or even advance your current degree into masters or Ph.D. while you are working
- Transfer of credits is possible