4 Important Reasons to Choose Online Education
Here are a 4 reasons why I personally believe that online education will continue to engage many people from around the world.
- Online education is a practical and economic way to learn
This form of learning is undoubtedly cheaper and more affordable than traditional classroom learning. The academic institutions, that offer online courses, don’t need to build buildings and related infrastructure. Thus, they can offer the courses at more affordable rates to students. Since tuition is more friendly to the pocket, more and more people are enticed to join the bandwagon. This option is especially attractive to students who have limited resources or are money conscious. The economics of online education is one main reason why people prefer to engage in it over traditional forms of learning.
In addition, there is no need to commute to and from the college campus. This is another money-saving characteristic of online education. Imagine the cost of daily drive to and from the college given the cost of gas these days. Commuting has also become more expensive due to traffic issues. With online education, students only need to go online with no transportation costs!
Most students prefer online education for its high flexibility. Meaning that they can adjust the courses to their time schedule, instead of adjusting their schedule to the course’s. For instance, some individuals are more receptive and perform better late in the evening. Online education gives them the flexibility to learn and “attend” lecture when they are most effective and attentive.
Moreover, flexibility extends to the period within which a student completes the program. Students can take as long as they want to get the degree that they aspire.
- Online education is the ultimate way to learn (and earn at the same time)
I am an advocate for getting a diploma in the traditional face-to-face way. However, for me it doesn’t make sense to go through a graduate program in the same way. What makes more sense is to get a job after graduation. Then, and while working, you can earn your graduate degree. Evidently, I’m not the only one who thinks that. Many people are engaged in online graduate programs while holding jobs. Therefore, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people enrolling in online courses.
While you are earning money from your job, you gain work experience as well. In other words, you are going up the corporate ladder and gain seniority and in the meanwhile, you are getting a graduate degree related to your work which will help you secure that promotion. Promotion means a bigger paycheck. These are some things to think about, before taking any decision concerning when to start your graduate studies.
- More time with the family
Online graduate students who are raising families don’t need to juggle work, study, and time with their family. They can now study while the kids are in bed. They can help out with their kids’ homework and spend quality time with them when they are awake. Parents are under unbelievable pressure these days and online education is a big help indeed.
Online education is undoubtedly here to stay. Also check Why distance learning is growing its popularity. If you have not embraced it yet it will be wise if you don’t risk getting left behind. Your earning power will surely increase once you join this latest craze on the cyber highway.
An e-learning specialist with core expertise in educational technologies. He received his Master’s degree in computer science from University of Western Australia. Aditya Pullagurla also blogs on a broad range of subjects for online e-learning magazines, he also set himself up as a freelance e-learning consultant for work place training. Aditya Pullagurla continues to progress his passion for e-learning and his enthusiasm in learning technologies. He is also very interested in networking, collaboration and outsourcing. He currently resides in Sydney and can be contacted at his email [email protected]