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The Benefits of Online Learning

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I strongly believe that the future of higher education lies with online learning. Increasingly, colleges and university students now find themselves with other obligations beyond that of getting a degree. Jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time. Having the option of taking online classes and studying on their own time is critically important. At the same time, many state institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus, escalating the demand for online learning.

Finally, lifelong learning must now be a part of everyone’s career plans. In today’s job market, taking online courses help workers remain competitive and they don’t need to take time off from their jobs to do this.

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Why Study Online?

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Studying online has become an increasingly acceptable form of education, working around the schedule of students.

With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs  and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.

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5 Handy Tips To Help You Master Your Online Studies

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Completing an online course offers more than an opportunity to learn a new skill. Adding a new course to your CV demonstrates that you are motivated, disciplined and invested in self-development. Sounds easy? Studying online brings its own challenges for learners. Online learners often find it hard to stay focused on their course content and to stick to the course schedule without a lecturer checking their progress.  Check out our 5 handy tips to help you master your online studies.

1. Be Organised

Before you embark on your studies, find out everything you need to know about the course – the schedule, how assessments work, deadlines for coursework and what support is available if you need help. Check any technical requirements and update the internet browsers on your computer or device.  Spend some time navigating the course layout and website so you can quickly access your studies.

Use a calendar to take note of important course dates and the date that you want to finish the course on. Email services like Outlook and Gmail include calendars and task lists to help keep you organised, or use a printed calendar.

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14 Interesting ELearning Facts

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As we forge ahead into 2014, the elearning industry is certainly carrying some momentum. Last year was exciting on many fronts – from new technologies, new services, and tools. It is reasonable to expect an increased growth (and interest) in elearning for 2014.

For those of you looking for a little proof regarding the industry’s growth and promise, consider the 14 elearning facts below (originally shared by Aurion Learning).
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Perks Of Studying Online (Infographic)

Some reasons why studying online is great:

  • Convenient – allows for flexibility
  • Easily access all content via online portals
  • Students control the study-time – when and where you want
  • Cuts out travel times
  • Being part of an online community
  • Cost-effective – not as expensive as University courses

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