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Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Benefits of Online Learning

While there are all kinds of benefits associated with learning and furthering your educational goals, there are even more benefits to those who wish to pursue online learning in order to achieve those goals. I hope you will find that many of these benefits are quite enlightening and help you to consider whether or not online learning is for you.

One benefit is convenience. This is a word we are familiar with, right along with instant gratification. We are a society of people who have lived with drive thru banking and fast food. Now, we even have drive thru pharmacies and dry cleaning. We live in a fast paced world, and when we can work education into our busy schedules and on our own terms, we find that it is something we tend to like a lot.

I recommend that you watch for a growing number of online classes and online students in the coming years, as more and more professionals decide to further their degrees and their careers.

Another benefit is flexibility. You can take these classes, do the work during your lunch break, while the kids are practicing soccer, or while cooking dinner (depending of course on how well you multitask). You do not need to be in the classroom every night at 6:00 pm for the next five years in order to get the same degree of education. This by no means indicates that you will not have to do the work. The work will not change, nor will the fact that you have a limited time in which to complete the work. What will change is that you will have the option of doing the work in the morning, afternoon, or after those 2 a.m. feedings when you can't seem to get back to sleep.

Location is another. There is not enough that can really be said about this. Online education comes to you wherever you happen to be able to connect to the Internet. Whether you are at home, at work, or your favorite Internet café, you can have the convenience of taking your work with you and enjoying the environment in which you are completing your work.

Another benefit is money. An online education is less expensive. No more convenience meals, childcare expenses, or gas guzzling trips to a college campus thirty minutes away. You can now enjoy, in your own home, the benefits of an education without many of the financial hardships that are often associated with attending college. Internet access seems like such a small price to pay when compared with all the reasons mentioned above.

Believe it or not, online courses help you brush up your online abilities. You will be better at dealing with email, bulletin boards, and online research. You will learn countless other skills along the way that you probably never realized had anything to do with the courses you are actually taking, because they do not. In other words, you are getting more of an education than you bargained for when it comes to online learning.

Individual attention is certainly a big benefit to an online education. Online students often have more one on one interaction with their professors than students in a classroom. The online classroom is virtual, and correspondence through email is essential in this learning environment. For this reason it is quite possible that your professors will know more about you and your learning patterns and needs than they will know about most of the students they see two or three times a week in their classrooms.

While these are just a few of the benefits of taking online classes, you should carefully weigh the benefits against the things that may be problematic with this particular type of learning environment before you take the plunge. Learning is a lifelong process. If you are seeking a degree, you do not want to jeopardize that by taking a course that will not address your specific learning needs. If you feel confident that you can be successful in this particular type of learning environment, then go for it. You will truly enjoy the experience and the flexibility it brings to the educational process.

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