What Are The Advantages Of Online Learning

Consumer Reports recently published a study that examined the differences between online learning platforms for education. The comparison took into account that: * While online learning can be used to fill a gap that isn’t available in the classroom, it doesn’t necessarily fill all holes in a student’s skill development.

You’ve likely heard of the common school or workplace practice of students “requesting” that their school offer a particular course. In the latter case, a student uses a course search tool in an online catalog or even uses a school’s or organization’s website to search for a specific class, which can be facilitated via computer using a learning management system, such as Duolingo or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Others appear to prefer an online education solely for their full-time job. For example, early in my own career I found it difficult to stand out from a group of co-workers and began pursuing a series of evening classes instead.

While many times people ask “Why would I want to spend hours on a computer to learn a skillset that you can usually learn at least on paper?” (or else through supplementary materials to a textbook!) to you’re getting multiple benefits.

1. Credible: There’s nothing more effective than a credential. This includes a high-level degree, which is earned with intensive time and hours learning an academic discipline. By the same token, much of the training that is rendered as “learning” occurs online through seminars or live lectures, leading up to a course completion date. When a lecture is delivered, it usually has to be followed up by some kind of Q&A, which might be supported or not by a live student in the classroom setting. When a course is delivered online, one only has to answer questions from a peer instead of a teacher. It’s then up to the student to interpret any additional lecture-based material offered by the instructor and follow up through supplemental materials.

2. Time efficient: This may not seem like much of a benefit, but the amount of time a full-time worker in the industry spends away from their main job or primary personal interest is huge. Working three jobs simultaneously or living in a foreign country is challenging in itself, but dealing with work-related stress and additional demands can take a huge toll on your mental and physical health, making having a degree in something as educationally focused as a bachelor’s degree critical. When it’s already difficult to get on top of things, offering something you already know you want to learn is a way to alleviate stress.

3. Lighter weight: A degree has less weight on your shoulders than a training certificate or any other type of training. Just to name a few, there are courses I took for my marketing degree where I built a portfolio for a resume to show off my work, there were radio ads I made while attending radio training, and I participated in an after-school tutoring program so that I could earn even more on the education side. None of these things weighed the amount a certificate would have in my life, but each is meant to provide an intangible job credential, which in itself can help with the interview process. And you’re actually performing hands-on work, whether you like it or not. For me, this ability to forge professional connections was a factor in moving forward with hiring my first advertising job out of the radio school.

4. Encouragement: I cannot imagine going out of my way to learn a skill that is of value to me, but instead of honing it in a secluded classroom with classes that take a day or two to complete, many of you out there will only have to spend half the day on the computer, which at the end of the day will still be the only time you’ll have to push yourself.

5. Tailored instruction: Generally speaking, the majority of your instructors are business executives or similar professionals with a long history of lecturing. Typically, this type of training is not designed to respond to the strengths and weaknesses of the learner as a whole. As such, you can get real-world feedback from the people who care the most about your work and sometimes you’ll have only a few syllables to vocalize your concerns, such as why you’ve given up on a particular skill to this point.

Many times, however, instructors will communicate whether they are in the “users” department (which includes all of the learners of the program) or whether they are working with the administrator or faculty who are the ultimate decision makers. I myself never received the feedback I’d like to have from my business class, but I’ve spoken with several who made good suggestions and improvements to what I had. Because a program is often designed to meet the needs of its users, then the learner is in control of how the program should be used.

Additionally, finding an experienced faculty who is a passion for what you’re studying could give you the necessary notes and suggestions. Again, the mechanism is different.

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