In years gone by we would sign up for a course at school or college if we wanted to learn something new. With the advancements of the internet, learning new subjects is now much more accessible and convenient. There are many advantages to learning online, so below are 10 key benefits.
- It is convenient and flexible.
Most online courses are available whenever you are. Students can access their course at a time that is convenient for them. This makes it much easier to fit studying in around your work schedule. Of, if you are anything like me and have children, finding a quiet 10 minutes during the day is impossible! We all tend to carry around devices which connect to the internet which means that you could take your course on the morning commute to work (as long as you’re not driving that is!)
- You can learn the same thing as many times as you need.
If you don’t fully understand or absorb the information the first time around, you can repeat it as many times as you need to. You could even watch it again with other people to discuss the subject for a deeper understanding of it.
- There is a large range of subjects available.
There are thousands of new subjects that you can learn. There are also many different levels of education available online. You can choose from a very general overview of a subject up to university undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- You have control over how fast or how slow you learn.
You can take as much time as you need to understand the new subject. Similarly, if you are a fast learner you can complete it quickly without having to wait for others to catch up. One of the benefits of online learning is that you do not have to sit for long periods if you don’t want to. I am sure most people reading this have binge-watched a series on Netflix or other providers. Now you can do the same with your learning – become knowledgeable about a subject over the weekend!
- Learning online is much less intimidating than going to a classroom.
You may be shy or feel a little intimidated by going to a classroom. I know I felt as though I was the most stupid person in the room when I first started college. However, having access to all of the information in a setting you feel most comfortable in can increase attention and ability to learn. Plus, it is much easier to ask questions online and you often get a quick response. If you don’t understand or want more information on something it may feel intimidating approaching another person. You may feel more comfortable talking openly with teachers through online methods rather than face to face. Being able to contact a teacher online also means you can ask the questions any time, you don’t have to wait until office hours.
- It is often cheaper to learn online.
There are much fewer overheads to cover hen a course is delivered online. This means that the courses can be offered at a much lower price. Learning online also means that it will cost you less in transport getting to and from your course. It also eliminates the need for time off work, babysitters, or other expenses involved in classroom learning.
- You can learn from millions of providers around the world.
This means that distance learning is easier than ever before. It gives you a wider range of courses and instructors to learn from. Fortunately for you, this also means that they will be competing in price and will offer their course as cheap as possible. Imagine sitting on a beach in an exotic location sipping a cold drink and learning something new or gaining a qualification!
- Learning online is eco-friendly.
When you learn online, you have all your resources available at the touch of a button. This eliminates the need for printed books and paper, thus reducing waste. The added benefit of learning online is that you do not have to travel which means reduced emissions. Learning online means we can reduce our carbon footprint.
- Earn recognised diplomas and qualifications.
Many online courses will offer the opportunity to earn a recognised award from a regulating body. These awards and diplomas are officially recognised in workplaces and institutions around the world. These new qualifications could make a massive difference in gaining employment and gaining promotions.
- Chat and communicate with others learning the same subject.
Many online learning providers have forums, groups and pages available online which means that students can connect. It would be unlikely for any physical location to have thousands of people learning the dame subject as you. However, with online chats and forums, you can enrich your knowledge and understanding by talking with others.