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Feb 17, 2017

6 advantages of online learning that you need to know

6 advantages of online learning that you need to know

by Yolanda Graham

When it comes to choosing between online learning and face-to-face (F2F) learning, many working adults who want to continue their studies may choose the latter.

It may be because classroom learning is what they’re used to – and therefore more comfortable with. But there have to be good reasons why online learning (or e-Learning) programmes are growing at a rapid rate worldwide.

There are many advantages of online learning – here are our top 6:

Maintain your productivity at work

While your employer may be supportive about your decision to pursue further education, you can’t deny that choosing to part-time classroom studies will affect your productivity. With on-campus learning, classes tend to be after work hours. You may feel the need to rush to class after work or leave work earlier so you can be on time for classes. You may even need to take the afternoon off to attend the occasional day-time class. Online courses, on the other hand, are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – giving you the flexibility to choose when you want to study.

Never miss classes

Online classes are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – so missing classes because you were sick will be impossible. If you worry about then being unable to complete a course in the recommended time – don’t. Online course durations tend to be less rigid than F2F programmes. Most courses will allow you an additional six months access over the recommended course duration. Some courses have up to two years’ access beyond the suggested time to complete the course. That means that if you need more than six months to complete a certification course, there should be no restrictions preventing you from doing that.

Zero time in traffic

Want to avoid rush hour traffic on your way to evening classes? Dreading the journey to campus when it’s raining outside? Want to wake up late on the weekends? Can’t be bothered to put on your makeup today? Want to avoid classes getting cancelled on you? Online programmes are your answer. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection and you’re good to catch up on your studies!

Study when you’re most attentive

There are days that even the best student will feel like they’re not in the mood to study. If that mood happens to be when your classes are on, then you won’t be paying much attention to what’s being taught. The result? You absorb very little of what was being said. With online learning, you won’t need to conform to schedules set by someone else. You have the choice to learn when at the times that are best for you.

Self-paced learning

Online courses also mean that you can say goodbye to tedious, yawn-inducing four-hour lectures. Various scientific studies have found that studying in one-hour blocks is the most beneficial – so extended learning hours on campus can’t be very effective. With online courses, you can start and stop when you like!

Connect with students worldwide

If you need interaction with other students to stimulate your mind and help you succeed, online learning can connect you with people across the globe. Whether you want to have one-on-one discussions or are thinking about organising study groups, today’s technology makes that all possible. Online learning is an excellent way for you to interact with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.

Original source: JobStreet

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