Why Take Online Courses?
Online students can work on their courses and listen to lectures between jobs, appointments
and other classes. They can access course materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Course work can be done around family schedules, and students can study on their phone,
laptop or anywhere else they have an Internet connection.
For some disabled students, attending courses on campus can be challenging. In an
online environment, the other students and the teacher may not know that the online
student has a disability. That can make online classes more attractive to students
with special needs. In addition, students who are non-native English speakers can
review an online lecture multiple times or review complex concepts at their own pace.
Attending online courses eliminates the expenses of gasoline, bus fares, and parking
fees. When instructors accept papers online, students and schools save printing costs. To
find out how much money you might save by taking an online, go to this distance learning savings calculator. This calculator is simply something to demonstrate how much money you might save.
It is not intended to guarantee savings.
Students in online classes tend to communicate more thoughtfully. Some students find
it difficult to speak in class. Posting to an online discussion forum allows students
to take their time and formulate their thoughts in ways that the face-to-face classroom
environment may not allow. In our experiences with teaching online, we have found
that we actually know our online students better than many of our face-to-face students
because of the social dimension of online learning. Students often find that online
classes can provide more personalized attention.
NETWORKING & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS
Students who take online classes become more proficient and comfortable with using
computers. Through assignments, discussion forums and group projects, students can
learn to connect with one another online and with information in meaningful and useful
ways. Skills like these are in demand by employers. Some students prefer to learn
in the same medium they are using for managing information and communication in their
life outside of school.
ONLINE LEARNING CREATES OPTIONS
If a student needs to take a class to graduate, they may have the option to take
it online. Students who take online classes are more likely to take classes to update
their professional skills later in their careers. They will already have the ability
to participate in online training and webinars offered by future employers or universities
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