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Sure, online education has its disadvantages but there are various advantages of online learning that prove why it might be the greatest revolution in today’s education.
The traditional education system has its limitations. To begin with, “you need to pay hundreds, probably thousands of dollars to get into a prestigious institute” says Navrajvir Singh, Co-founder of Merrchant.
“Then comes the course shortages, busy classrooms, and budget cuts which means you won’t always get to study what you want” he adds.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that 46 percent of college students and professionals throughout the world are opting for at least one online program or taking at least one course through an online platform.
According to Point University, roughly half of college courses will be eLearning-based by 2019.
It’s about time we broke the stereotypes associated with online learning such as ‘it’s for individuals who are not smart enough’, or ‘they’re not “real” degrees’.
We bring you five lesser-known advantages of online learning
- Study What You Want
With the advancement of technology, you no longer have to leave your home and travel to an unknown city to take up your dream course. With e-learning, you can now take up any course from short certificate courses to the traditional four-year programs.
Hate waking up early for a class? You’re in luck. From choosing your own timings to choosing your teachers, and choosing your examination dates to examination centers, online courses are incredibly flexible.
You can not only access these courses from the comfort of your home but from anywhere in the world.
- They Add to Your Resume
An online degree or course from say, Stanford University will look great, maybe even better than most full-time community college degrees. In fact, it shows your potential employers that you are committed to learning and eager to gain more skills or knowledge.
- Networking Opportunities
Yes, your university might admit students from different cultures and nations to increase diversity but can it really compete with online networks? Generally, new courses start every month which means students get enrolled each month. On the other hand, traditional colleges admit students only once or twice a year.
- Value For Money
The fact that online courses are cheaper than traditional campus courses should convince you to consider them. On average, you are likely to spend a minimum of ₹500,000 (or $7,000) on an MBA program from a prestigious university in India.
However, if you opted for a distance learning program (from the very same university) you’d only have to shell out ₹75,000 (or $1,000)!
Online degree programs and courses are cheaper and more convenient when compared to traditional education. These two advantages are enough for you to consider online programs when you want to earn a certificate or a degree.
The best part, though, is that you get to learn in a relaxed manner. All you need is the zeal to learn and an internet connection, and you’re good to go.
Author’s Bio: Shristi is the Chief Content Officer at Raletta (Digital Marketing Agency), and PR Bulls (Content Marketing Agency). She enjoys writing about food, fitness, finance and everything in between.
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