Online Learning takes advantage of the power of the Internet to bring a vast amount of learning resources from around the globe directly into the learner’s home. There are many advantages to learning online, and we will explore these in this article.
Convenience is one of the most important benefits of online learning. Rather than needing to get dressed and leave the house to travel to a university, students simply log on to the web site of the educational program that they are participating in. Some online classes are held live and in real time, while others are pre-packaged and can be consumed at the student’s convenience and in any location where the student has access to a computer and the Internet. For some lecture classes, all a student needs is a portable media player, PDA or smart mobile phone that will allow them to listen to their lectures on the go at any time of the day or night.
Online learning provides a learner-centered educational experience. With course content available in text, audio or video students are free to engage with the content in the way that fits their individual learning style be it visual, auditory, tactile, or kinesthetic.
The ability to freely interact with what they are studying makes online learning a more dynamic experience than simply sitting in a crowded classroom passively absorbing a lecture. Online learning causes the student to be more self-directed. They must take the initiative to engage with their fellow classmates and instructors to participate in the learning process in a cooperative way.
Student participation in an online educational environment can help to reinforce the skills needed to engage fully in the use of technology that will be a benefit to them in the future. Online learning can also foster collaborative team work within small groups-an important job skill.
Online learning also gives students access to educational programs and resources that may not be available in their geographic location. A student who is pursuing a highly specialized course of study might want to take a class from a professor who is a subject matter expert in that particular field. Online education makes this possible even if the student and teacher find themselves on different continents.
If you are considering continuing your education or if you are just starting out, online education is worth pursuing because it allows you the student to pursue a high quality educational experience in an exciting, convenient way.