Enrollment in online education continues to rise, according to a 2018 report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The number of students enrolled in at least one online college course was 6.3 million in 2016, up from 5.9 million in 2015, the latest years for which data is available.
Online courses are attractive for part- and full-time students, working adults, parents, international students, and others who want to diversify how they learn.
Online Education Offers Flexibility And Convenience
One of the top benefits of online learning is flexibility. Online courses enable students to:
Learn on any connected device
Students can study wherever they find it most comfortable. A coffee shop, the bus, a bedroom… literally, anywhere. Course material is always accessible online.
Study on one's own schedule
Students can study whenever they have the time. No need to fight traffic, leave work early for class, or miss important family time.
Get professional training without a commute.
Less commuting means less CO2 emissions and ultimately less contribution to climate change.
Associated Expenses Almost Always Cost Less
Though not all online programs offer less expensive net tuition prices than traditional programs, associated expenses almost always cost less. For example, there are no commuting costs, no meal expenses and sometimes required course materials are available online at less or no cost.
Career Advancement Becomes Attainable
Students can take online courses and even complete entire degrees while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family.
All online courses require basic computer skills as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs.
The participation skills students learn within their online courses translate to many professions, including document management, turning in assignments, completing online training sessions, and more.
Technical Skills Improve
Participation And Concentration Increase
All online courses require basic computer skills as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The participation skills students learn within their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, turning in assignments, completing online training sessions, etc.
Networking Opportunities Arise
Online education provides students with the chance to network with peers across nations or even different continents. This often leads to greater opportunities in terms of collaboration with other individuals in the implementation of a project.
At the same time, it makes them culturally sensitive and able to fit into other environments easily given their exposure to other cultures.
“I have learned more in the first two months of the SA program than I did in a year and a half of study at CCA. I am not just regurgitating the material, but thinking and contemplating what I am learning.”
— Suzanne L., SA-2020
“The best thing about the program? I'm learning the subject matter in a way I hadn't before, and it sticks. ”
— Brian S., SA-2018