Taking online courses has made it easier for thousands of college students to meet their degree requirements. With the ease of taking classes from home to the unbelievable cost advantage, it is no wonder 1 of 6 students are now getting degrees online.
US News reports that there is another benefit that may be more beneficial by taking online classes. It is for people who are interested in continuing education throughout their lives.
There are thousands of courses out there that are FREE for a minimal price which lets you explore an interest or gain a new skill for your work, that can lead to promotion.
Another advantage is that doing your classwork online allows you to fit it into your schedule on your time. So, it matters not how hectic your life is. With technology, all the classes re pre-recorded for you. If you want the live experience you can always take the class at the time it is being given. But, not necessary.
You can take classes or courses from anywhere in the world as it is virtual. There are no shortages of choices as well as varying fees to fit your budget.
Here is the good part that I have written about before. Many of these institutions are offering FREE online studies. As an example, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has 2,400 online courses in connection with OpenCourseware.
Harvard has started a program called HarvardX which offers free courses from Harvard and their partners. These partners include MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Texas and Boston University.
One of the main reasons so many of these highly prestigious universities are offering FREE courses is so they can get feedback from the students and help independent learners move forward in their careers.
There are only two things needed for these courses. An internet connection and self-discipline. It will take dedication to do this on your own without the structure of being required to go to class.
But, just think how any employer or business associate will react knowing you did it on your own, without a forced structure.
Video by Open Culture and Think Tank University