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Get That Degree, Get That Promotion, Get it From Home – Benefits of Online Learning

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Regardless of where a person gets their higher education, there are benefits. Those who pursue online learning or online education reap the same rewards as those who choose the traditional campus based experience plus some. As you read further, I hope you will find these findings helpful in determining if online education is in your best interest as you as you make your educational plans.

Get That Degree, Get That Promotion, Get it From Home - Benefits of Online Learning
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 Convenience.  In our contemporary society, we have become accustomed to drive through windows for fast food, banking, cleaners, pharmacies, and more. In our high tech fast paced lifestyle, we can now add furthering our education online from home, or work. As each semester passes, the number of colleges and universities offering online courses and degrees is growing as the schools compete for the student tuition dollars.

 Flexibility.  According to a recent study, 80% of the students going back to school between 25 and 35 are women, many are working moms, and many of those are single parents. Who could possibly benefit more from a flexible schedule than a working mom? When you can take classes on your terms, and study over lunch hour, or at a soccer game, or after the last “good night mommy”, then there is a way to make this work. Sure, you’ll be tired, but think of how great that better paying job is going to be for you and the family.

Location. This is a major benefit, because with online education, school is where you are 24/7 with just a click of your mouse, there is no distance in distance learning. You can go to school at home, in the park, at the coffee shop, remember you are in charge of your education.

Less Expensive.  You save money on fast food meals before night class, childcare in the evening after work, gas money for trips to campus and the wear and tear on the car. You can enjoy the benefits of having your campus at home without the financial drain and hardships that are associated with attending college. You can trade all of this for internet access which most people have anyway.

Improve online skills. There is a natural benefit gained from online courses and exams, and that is you become more proficient in web related research, bulletin boards, blogging and social networking for business and pleasure. It is the education you get that you weren’t looking for.

 Individual attention. Professors, who teach online courses, often have more one on one interaction with their students than those in classroom settings. I remember those intimate lecture classes with 300 to 500 students, who never talked to the professor, and had a graduate assistant for a lab instructor. Therefore, it is quite possible that your online professor will know more about you and your educational aspirations needs and goals than the university alternative.

Remember, these are just a few of the benefits you can experience by taking online classes. Prior to committing totally to online education, or night school, take … Read More

Online Media and The Way We Learn

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The internet has had a crazy dramatic impact on our lives. There is no question about that. But how does it change the way we learn specifically? Vast sources of information are instantly available at our fingertips and makes resources like text books, articles, online encyclopedias and databases more accessible. Taking an online approach to education is changing the way we process information and learn in many innovative and groundbreaking ways. Let’s take a closer look at online education.

Reference sites are everywhere these days. Wikipedia, Britannica, not to mention private databases hosted by official institutions are available and represent a crucial shift to individualized learning. This opens up an limitless portal through which information may be presented and processed, unique to the user. With online education, all information is presented, but it is up to the user to look up information that will cater specifically to their learning needs and abilities. This allows learning to be more flexible, and completing assignments may be done at one’s own pace, and not based on group learning curricula.

We tend to look at virtual classrooms as less legitimate, less efficient, and maybe even sub-par. This is changing drastically these days with accredited online degrees offered by many leading higher educational institutions. Even more so, we can use virtual learning as a way to complement and supplement traditional learning, adding a whole new dimension of learning and interacting to traditional on campus colleges. This is extremely advantageous, as we can easily schedule our lives to complement our academic pursuits, whatever that may be. More and more opportunities are now available and exponentially growing, making it easier to pursue the degree we want without sacrificing family time, job opportunities and juggling our personal life.

It’s no question the internet and online media is changing how we learn. We have revolutionized traditional methods which have given birth to a more flexible learning model. Learn in a virtual classroom, and immediately apply it at your job, internship, or abroad study, anywhere and anytime in the world. Confused? Ask a question and have professors assist you immediately rather than having to schedule office hours. You are also instantly connected to your classmates and discussion boards for more support.

One size fits all type of lectures are now old methods of learning. You now have the power to shape your own learning at your own pace, allowing you, not private expensive institutions, to design your own educational path. Anyone with an internet connection and some ambition can educate themselves and get to where they want to be.

Top online colleges are now replacing traditional classrooms. Our breadth of knowledge will expand, parallel to technological innovations and learning methods offered online. This is exactly what the internet has done for higher education – made it more accessible to all income levels and demographics. The beginning of e-learning has just begun and it is up to us to truly optimize online educational tools available through online and virtual … Read More