An ever-increasing number of students are choosing to ditch traditional education methods, instead undertaking their study purely over the internet. This method, known as online learning or e-learning, has attracted much attention in recent years from students in both the U.S and the Ukraine alike. Online learning makes it easier for students to be in control of their study, helps to save money and provides access to a wealth of valuable resources, text materials, and teaching professionals.
What’s an Online Degree?
The only difference between an online degree and a traditional college degree is the way in which you study for them. Online degrees are studied for wholly online, without the need to attend any lectures, seminars or workshops at a physical college building. Many physical colleges also offer online learning in addition to their traditional courses, such as the University of South Dakota online. Online learning can not only be useful for new students, it can also help to prevent current students who may have fallen into difficulty from dropping out if they can be transferred onto an online course.
The amount of flexibility available with an online degree is why it’s so attractive to so many people. Rather than need to attend a set timetable of classes and events throughout the day, students have complete freedom to choose to study as and when they want. This may take some discipline, but in the end many students find that working on their own terms is much less stressful and that they have more opportunities for employment etc.
Benefit: Save Money
Tuition fees for an online degree are cheaper than they are for a traditional degree, so by opting for online study you can cut your student debts. Not only that, but as there’s no need to commute to campus you can save money on transport, and you could even choose to continue living at your parents’ home throughout the duration of your study in order to save money on accommodation. All books are usually available for you to view online, another factor which could save you quite a bit.
Benefit: Wider Range
Thanks to the digital revolution we can usually find the solutions that we want, when we want just by the swipe of a finger or the touch of a button. Online learning is no different – and online schools provide courses that are more specific to meet students’ needs and aren’t widely available at traditional colleges. Not only is there a wider range of courses, there’s more accessibility to resources, better connections to educational professionals, and consistent availability of course materials no matter when or where you access them, without the risk of being ‘left behind’ as you would in traditional college if there was the need to miss a day.
Would you ever consider an online learning degree, either for yourself or something to discuss with your son or daughter? What are your opinions on online learning, and do you think it works as an alternative?