10 Ways Online Education Beats a Classroom

Online Education is expanding in popularity very rapidly. Where traditional, bricks and mortar schools have shunned online degrees in the past, many are jumping on the bandwagon of a technology delivered education experience. Online degrees are offered by fully online institutions and hybrid traditional/distance learning universities. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are both proffered through online formats. A wide variety of people take advantage of the myriad of online opportunities there are for higher education these days. There are certainly pros and cons to each type of educational experience, but here is just a snapshot at some of the many reasons why an online education beats a classroom experience in my opinion.

1. Flexibility

Online degree programs offer flexible schedules. They can be customized to fit around other commitments, like work, family, etc. Students have primary control over when they will complete assignments. They can choose what time of day to do research, write papers, and finish course requirements.

2. Retention

A research-oriented education as opposed to a lecture-based approach promotes greater retention of the subject. Because students are actively interacting with the material, rather than just being spectators, the brain forms more connections for greater recall later.

3. Speed

Online degree programs can usually be accelerated, so a degree can be achieved in a shorter amount of time. The condensed time period gets students eligible for different jobs, promotions, or career changes faster than traditional degree programs.

4. Cost

Most online education degree programs are less expensive than their traditional counterparts, because there are fewer overhead costs involved in delivering the educational experience to the students. In a tight economy, many students are very budget conscious.

5. Career

One of the primary reasons potential students choose to embark on an online degree course rather than a traditional route is the ease with which they can work while attending school. This means that students can be building a resume in non-degree requiring roles within their chosen field or in the company of their choice while earning their degrees.

6. One-on-One Attention

Large lecture halls filled with hundreds of students are not conducive to getting questions answered fully (or at all). In an online education, students will typically have a way to garner the attention and help of the professor when they need assistance.

7. Access

One of the beautiful aspects of online education is that it can be accessed anywhere. Students need not fall behind because they are on vacation or traveling for work. Coursework can be completed on the commute in morning or evening, while running errands, or in the comfort of the home or office.

8. Tailored Curriculum

When listening to a lecture, it is not usually acceptable to ask for added information, question for specifics, or diverge into an area not fully understood. However, when going over course curriculum, students are free to rabbit trail into areas which interest them, misunderstood content, or items about which they are curious because it is a research-based curriculum.

9. Availability

Any demographic can study to earn a degree online. It is not limited by borders, handicaps, jobs, or gender. A stay-at-home mom has the potential to raise her children while completing her degree. A handicapped person need not worry about building accessibility when he or she can ‘go to school’ right at home.

10. Comfort

What’s better than wearing your pajamas to school? Frowned upon at traditional institutions, relaxing in jammies, eating a bowl of ice cream and neglecting to fix hair and make-up are perfectly acceptable for online coursework. Working in your home and at your convenience is just plain comfortable.

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