With all the issues surrounding campus-based university education recently, it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking for alternative options when it comes to furthering their studies.
One alternative option that has quickly become popular is online learning. With its reputation for flexibility and affordability, online learning has expanded rapidly. And the large number of professionals who have completed their courses online are living proof that online, or e-learning, courses can often be as effective as their campus-based counterparts when it comes to helping students develop workplace-relevant skills.
Let’s have a look at the benefits of online learning:
There is a wide range of courses to choose from:
With online learning, you aren’t limited to studying only those courses that are offered by a college or university close to where you live. You can study almost any subject from almost anywhere in the world – as long as you have access to the internet.
It’s cost effective and accessible:
Online learning is cost effective, since you don’t have to buy any textbooks – all your study material is online. This, along with saving money on travel costs and accommodation, makes it more accessible too, since you don’t have to go to campus to attend classes or write exams.
Instead of requiring you to spend the majority of your day in a classroom, online learning allows you to study from anywhere, often at any time that suits your schedule. You can access your course material from anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet. This means that you can choose whether you want to study from home, from work during your lunch break, from the local library, from your favourite coffee shop, or on the go using your smartphone or tablet. This flexibility also gives you the option to combine your studies with your other commitments, giving you full control of your time.
Online learning takes many of the stressful factors out of studying. For example: it doesn’t require you to rush through traffic to make it to class on time, it doesn’t require you to hire a babysitter for your child while you go to lectures, and it doesn’t require you to miss out on important family or social occasions because you have classes to attend. The convenience factor of studying online makes it an attractive option if you have work and family commitments to attend to.
It’s good for career progression:
If you work and study at the same time, you gain valuable work experience. Once you complete your online course, you can enhance your CV by adding your new skills. This can help set you up for a promotion at your current job or for a new position elsewhere.
We all know the value of education, and for those seeking an alternative to the traditional classroom-based options, it’s a big relief to know that there is another option available.
If you’re interested in furthering your studies online, you can click here to view the course options available at Oxbridge Academy.
Note: This article was originally published on 7 March 2016, and has been updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy. Updated by: Lungiswa Nyatyowa