Not that long ago, if you wanted to earn a degree, high school diploma, or a certificate, you had no choice but to physically attend classes. For some people, the hassle to attend class made it difficult or impossible to achieve their educational needs. Now with the help of technology, many classes are offered online and some classes are even offered for free. As we progress into the future, more and more classes are likely to be available online. The rise of these online courses, dubbed MOOCs, (Massive Open Online Course) is creating a revolution for learning that is making education more accessible and affordable. While many would still argue in favor of the traditional classroom, there are certain advantages to online learning as a suitable alternative.
Pick What You Want to Learn
If you’ve ever taken classes at a university, you’re probably familiar with the dreadful feeling that occurs when the class that you were eager to take fills up before you even have the chance to register. With online learning, this problem is eliminated. You have the ability to take any class that you want at any time. You can choose classes that cater towards your interests without having to worry that there will not be a seat for you.
A Comfortable Environment
As a college student who attended classes on campus, I can attest to the fact that there were days in which I would much rather have completed my classes at home than trudge through rain or snow to an uncomfortable classroom. With online learning, you have the ability to learn wherever you want to learn. This can be especially helpful for individuals with attention disorders because instead of working in a lecture hall filled with distractions, you can work in a quiet room by yourself.
Work at Your Own Pace
Sometimes, a college or even a high school course can be rigorous and stressful if you have other obligations. Most online courses offer you the flexibility to work at your own pace. This takes off the pressure of meeting deadlines and allows students to participate in other activities. Online learning gives you the flexibility to be able to focus on other interests or classes that you’d like to do but you’ve never had the time to. In addition, the flexible programs are great for fast paced learners who easily become bored in traditional classrooms.
Typically online courses cost significantly less than courses taken at a university. With room and board, the average cost to attend college on campus is right around $8000 a semester. Considering that the vast majority of college students do not work full time, that’s rather expensive. Online courses do not cost nearly as much and in most cases, financial aid is still available. In addition, some courses in which you can earn certificates are free.