The benefits of online education, as opposed to traditional education, are numerous. From taking classes at your own convenience, to smaller class sizes, to the ability to combine traditional education with online schooling, online education can make life a lot easier.
If you are considering going back to school or don't have the time in your schedule to commit to full-time traditional education, you are not alone. It is estimated the around 6.1 million students are taking advantage of the benefits of online education.
One of the biggest appeals of taking online course is that you can do your course work from anywhere with an internet connection at times that best fit your schedule. As online course work continues to evolve, more and more recorded lectures and video presentations are being included in online schooling. Even though you may not sit in a classroom with a professor and your classmates, you are still part of a class of students and may work on group projects or study together. Your professor is easily accessible via email, and depending on your school via phone and Skype.
If you are working full time, you may not be able to go to school with a full class load, but you can still earn your degree via custom designed programs. Sometimes these programs allow room for credits earned from your work experience, sometimes they are arranged so that you can apply credits you have earned from previous schooling, and sometimes they are simply paced so that you have a set goal for when you will complete your degree, even if you are not going to school full-time.
Can Be Combined With Traditional Education
Just because you are going to school online does not mean that you can't attend traditional classes. For example, you can go to nursing school online and when you are ready for your clinical units you can work them into your schedule at a local teaching hospital. However, you can do the vast majority of your coursework and learning at home or anywhere with an internet connection.
Attend Schools Near and Far
Sometimes the school you wish to obtain your degree from is out of state or out of country. When you obtain your degree online you have access to thousands of schools outside of your local area. This is particularly appealing if you are working in your city and don't want to (or can't) leave the area.
Set Your Own Pace
You still need to complete your assignments, tests, and quizzes within the guidelines set by your instructor or professor, but you can pace yourself to study at a speed that works best for your schedule. Maybe you work full-time and do all of your studying on the weekend, or maybe you prefer to do one hour every night after work and the remainder on the weekend. When you go to school online, it is up to you. Some online classes are even designed with accelerated courses so that you can complete your degree faster than with traditional education.
Depending on the degree you are working on and the school you are attending, online tuition is sometimes less expensive than traditional tuition. Even if you don't have a savings in tuition, consider the other areas of savings; sometimes your syllabus is available online, eliminating the need for books. You may be able to save money on childcare while you are at school, and time is money so no need to travel to and from class, which saves both time and transportation costs.
Online schooling has allowed millions of students to return to school, change fields, earn degrees that increase their pay scale, and give them the flexibility and freedom to take class at their convenience.