An article written by: Lee Sonogan
“We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.” – Elliot Masie
10 Years ago studying online might be a bit questionable. Today there is hundreds of courses you can do online. Many are free. But what education online is the best to do? Any degree you want that comes from a well recognised and respected university. If your like me maybe living and attending a university full-time is not an option. In this article I will explain the positive reasons to study online and share my personal interest in studying higher education online.
Firstly i will discuss the disadvantages of studying online. Mostly you will have lack of direct interactions with teachers and other students. So you need to be self-disciplined enough to not require help all the time. Doing an online course in Freelance Journalism online I can say, response with instant messages is not instant. Then if you’re not careful the institution might not be accredited or well run. Always research the place online before joining up any course.
In a survey by The Learning House. 44% of online students reported improvements in their employment standing. For example by obtaining a full-time job within 12 months of graduation, and 45% reported a salary increase. That information there proves studying online works for half of the people who do it. If you put in the time and effort into it, you will have the 44% percent being more successful than the average. I am curious of the other people.
Now there is plenty of advantages of doing a university degree online. More and more of the biggest universities have online courses and degrees. I have looked at plenty of them in the past 2 years. One of the best things about studying online is the flexibility. You can work and fit in your work schedule at the same time. Attending live sessions online is not a required while you can interact with instructors and classmates at your own pace.
Your learning environment becomes everywhere when learning online. Then it saves time and money by not having to get to each individual class. You will never miss a class. Now lets talk price. Online it is usually lower costs and debts involved. Studying online means that you pay the tuition fee. Book supplies, an online application fee, and few other items. You don’t, however, get the costs of housing, transportation and more.
Today there is more choice of course topics online. That means there is no excuse in studying what you really want to do. Motivation in your choice makes the studying a little easier. One negative thing about online is there might be fewer choices for Majors, Minors and electives. For example I am highly considering doing a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University online and only allow two majors or one major and a minor.
By the time you finish your online course, you will have gained more work experience and learned new skills that will help you advance in your career! You may have gotten through it with a discussion forum on the educational website. I recommend online study for a university degree to people who are self leaners, at least one specific major committed to and can not get to a uni with their desired choice for learning.
“Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing prepackaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate it to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.” – Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann
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