Archive for February, 2017
One main benefit of taking at home courses is that you can learn at your own pace. If you've attended in-person classes, you know that the class is required to move at the pace of the instructor. It's easy to feel overwhelmed if the teacher is moving at too fast of a pace, and finding yourself not being able to keep up with the pace of a lecture can drastically leave you falling behind. Most at home courses present the material at the beginning of the week, which is ideal because when you have the freedom to learn at your chosen pace and style, you will likely retain more information.
Initially, online courses weren't as widely available as they currently are. Students all across the world are realizing the allure of taking a course online. As a matter of fact, 32% of students enrolled in higher education courses take at least one online course. There are even programs that allow students to take a large portion — if not all — of their courses entirely online. The days of only being able to learn inside of a physical classroom are being traded for a much more beneficial learning environment.
Today, more students are completing their coursework entirely online. One reason for this switch is how convenient this style of learning has become. However, one worry among those who have grown accustomed to physical classes is that online courses offer no communication between students. Online classes still value communication between students and the instructor. In fact, many courses will have discussion technologies, enabling communication over the learning materials. In addition, instructors can communicate with students through email or an in-house messaging system.
As mentioned above, one big reason that students are choosing to learn online is because of the convenience factor. Many students will work a job during their time participating in higher learning. One source of stress for students is trying to find a balance between school, work, and a social life. Some students just enjoy an online course as a break from the monotony of in-person learning. Many have turned to online courses to help reduce the stress that comes with a hectic schedule. Considering that online courses are available to students around the clock, it makes it much easier to schedule into your life. In a study, 68% of students take their courses online because it helped them balance their responsibilities easier.
More adults are taking learning courses to further their current career, rather than to start a new one. Professional learners are flocking to online courses, as this style of learning makes it much easier to work a full-time job. There are 63% of people in the workforce who are professional learners, meaning they have completed a course or training in the past year to improve their skills or expertise related to career advancement.
Employers tend to reward those who are seeking to learn more about the profession that they are in. Pay raises, promotions, and new positions are just a few of the benefits more often offered to those who are more educated than their fellow co-workers. Anyone that has a job with odd hours may not be able to attend courses during regular university operating hours. Online courses can be accessed in the middle of the night which lets those on the night shift still have access to all learning materials.
Overall, online courses have definitely grown in popularity. More students are continuing to find that participating in courses offered online give them a greater deal of freedom. Avoiding scheduling conflicts is a major reason that at home learning has become so preferred. In addition, the freedom that comes with setting your own times makes the thought of learning much less troublesome. At home learning allows students to live their life on their terms, without having to show up to a classroom multiple times a week. The internet has greatly changed the way we communicate, shop, and live. Thanks to online learning, the internet has now revolutionized how we teach and learn.