Why go down the online learning route?
Online learning is one of the buzzwords of the moment in the education sector, and with good reason. It lets you study at your own pace and you can choose from a wider range of courses while still retaining the educational and employment-related benefits of studying for an advanced qualification.
The wealth of course choice available is large, and you are far more likely to find the right course for you by looking online than you are to find it at an in-person institution. This article will flesh out some of the advantages of learning through the web and explain why it may well be an appropriate option for you if you’re thinking of doing some fresh learning.
Flexibility is key
By far the most important advantage when it comes to online learning is flexibility. It’s a widely recognized fact that most in-person institutions of learning are rigid in terms of their structures, and they also tend to over-recruit students from privileged backgrounds. The primary reason why undergraduate students tend to be aged in their late teens or early twenties is that they are not yet in the “family life” phase or have a requirement to earn money. If either of these things applies to you, studying at a traditional physical institution is probably unlikely to fit around your lifestyle and needs.
But the world of online learning is different. Signing up to study online means that you can fit your work around your other commitments. While an in-person institution might insist that you do your studying during the daytimes, you can study whenever you please if you do it online. Perhaps you work all morning and want to study in the late afternoon. Or maybe you sleep during the day because of night work and hence want to squeeze in some studying at 6am. While there may be some fixed commitments with an online learning institution, they’re much less common than with a conventional school or college. This has the knock-on effect of creating a more diverse student body, as it means that older people or those who aren’t able to rely on parental support can gain those qualifications.
Range of choice
But flexibility is far from the only reason why many students choose to learn online. Think about it: a traditional university or college is physically and geographically limited to the land it owns, even if it’s a large and well-funded one such as Harvard. While the administrators there may wish they could build several new science labs and state of the art libraries to house more students, they can’t do that easily for a whole host of financial, spatial and heritage-related reasons.
But an online college doesn’t have that problem. It is much more elastic in the sense that it can adjust its supply of courses based on demand, and other than its teaching staff all it needs is server space – which is, again, easily acquired. As a result, many online colleges find it easier to offer additional courses, which is a boon for you as a student as it means you have far more choice. Bryant and Stratton College are always on the lookout for a new faculty – and with Bryant and Stratton College offering lots of different online courses, this is a positive sign as it shows just how much demand exists.
All the benefits
But while the above advantages are specific to online learning, in particular, it’s worth remembering that online institutions offer fully accredited qualifications which can be used to apply for further study, applying for work, and so on. Bachelor of Arts degrees are available, for example, while it’s also possible to get hold of diplomas for a range of sectors like administration, IT and more. With the possible exception of subjects which require physical contact or demonstrations, such as some science degrees, there is a qualification for everyone available on the web.
Some people may be under the mistaken apprehension that online learning is simply for those who are looking for skills boosts, continuing professional development and more. That’s not the case: with honors degrees, accreditations and more all available via the Internet, you can attain your dream qualification with just a laptop and your time. And with advantages like full flexibility for childcare and employment commitments, a wide range of choice and more all on offer, the online learning process comes with even more distinct advantages.