Harvard business school professor Clayton Christensen did a study to examine if having a degree even matter in the future? His research concludes that about half of our traditional universities may not exist in 10 years because of the increase in online study.
Its is becoming clear to most colleges that the future of education will be online, and they are beginning to embrace the idea and implement it in various forms.
Here are some reasons to support online education as the future of learning.
Online Learning is Available at All Levels:
In the past, most people have thought that online learning was for the part-time older person who either wanted to complete a degree or take a course to get a job promotion. These people are generally older, working, and have families, so the idea of taking a class from home is an easy decision.
While this is a solid segment of people enrolling online, it has now opened up and become more mainstream for students in preschool through high school and college. Many parents are using online education for homeschooling today. There are a lot of ways online education is being implemented for children through to senior adults
There’s Far More Flexibility:
One of the biggest reasons online learning is gaining so much popularity and has become mainstream in our education.
Students do not need to put their lives on hold anymore to get a degree or take courses for a career. When you learn online, you can study from wherever you are, and at times that suit you best.
You can dedicate any amount of time that suits you, and you can work around all your other life responsibilities.
Tutor Support is On Hand:
With today’s advanced internet technologies, it is much easier to create online virtual classrooms where students can communicate directly with teachers through webchats, VOIP calls and video conferencing. As long as you have an internet connection, you will have access to any teacher to ask for help.
Students had put off online learning because they could not get one on one support from a teacher as they could being face to face. Today, online courses come complete with a teacher, lectures, and a proctor. They are all there to help guide you to success with same or better help than you get in a traditional school.
More Students Can Be Enrolled:
Because the classes are virtual, they can enroll as many students as want to take the course. That means you can apply at the last minute and still get enrolled.
Teachers and lecturers will still hold live classes, but the lessons are all automated to where a student can see it at any time they have availability. This is why these classes can take all the students and not cut off enrollment.
Teachers workload is decreased compared to teaching in a traditional college as it is all automated and you need a computer to get the course. This allows time for the teacher to do more planning and make themselves more available for student consultations.
It’s Cheaper to Study Online:
Online learning is a far cheaper alternative than enrolling in a brick and mortar school. In some cases, the classes can also be free. These factors will depend on the courses you select and the online institution you choose to name a few.
The tuition costs are much less expensive, and you do not need the associated costs of a brick and mortar school. You can live where you want, and save on transportation, to name a few
There’s a Vast Amount of Online Learning Resources:
There is a vast amount of material online that can be used to supplement any course you decide to take. E-books, studies, and journals are all available (mostly for free) to help with any issues or additional studies you need.
Even before you decide online learning is for you there is a ton of free online articles that can improve your knowledge and help point you in the right direction for what you want to accomplish
Lastly, one thing to consider is in a traditional university you can take a course, and within a year that course can be outdated. Online learning, with its automated technology, will keep you up to date, so you never fall behind.
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