Only a third of American universities employ only online learning resources, new survey reveals.
What Online Learning Resources Do Most Us Schools Use
Do you still feel like you’re missing out on opportunities in your education because you aren’t using any online learning resources?
As of January 1, 2019, you will be able to use free online resources to further develop your skills at very little cost. These resources will vary, but they’re either free or a minimal cost for you to use. So, can you afford to reach out to some of the more than a thousand online educational resources being developed right now? The answer is a definitive “Yes!”
Online learning resources of all types, but especially MOOCs (massive open online courses), have a huge impact on people looking to learn new skills and advance their education. They offer amazing content and ideas which can help improve your chances of securing a job or your ability to complete something on time. Online learning courses offer everything from highly specific skill sets, such as tax preparing and interviewing, to general knowledge, such as web design. There’s even more, in the form of non-degree programs that require you to buy your own textbooks and incur several hundred dollar+ debt.
Not a computer user? You can sign up for an online course now through one of your local universities. And, starting in 2019, you can even order an online course online and have it delivered to your home or office on schedule. The cost is being calculated.
Then, of course, there are the online learning options which allow you to supplement a college program. For example, you can take classes while you continue to work full-time or care for a young child. For this method, pay-as-you-go membership costs vary wildly, from hundreds to thousands of dollars for access to hundreds of online courses. Online courses and programs are, for the most part, much more affordable than brick-and-mortar ones.
Do you like financial planning? Online courses are your best option to develop a strong knowledge and skills set that will help you and your family at all stages of life. They can also be an excellent way to learn and perfect a new skill.
However, if you have a family that goes for the “traditional” college route, then online learning courses aren’t as realistic for you. Even though you can pursue non-degree training and work in a flexible and affordable way, many businesses require a degree from an accredited institution. Because of this, they can be prohibitively expensive or not available at all, especially at small liberal arts colleges.
The bottom line, in all of these online learning options, is that anyone can benefit from them. Even if you’re a beginner, online learning will allow you to address any skill gaps you may be facing in your life, even if you feel like you don’t know how to do it at this time.
As the saying goes, “further education is a necessity, not a luxury.” And, with more education options than ever before available, online learning resources give you an avenue to gain knowledge and help you reach your goals in a more economical and convenient way. Not to mention that it’s also a great way to engage with a community, which is one of the most enriching aspects of education. You will come away with the knowledge and skills you need to help you progress and build your life and your career.
So, the next time someone offers you online courses that are not only free but also non-degree programs, do yourself a favor and find out more about them. Consider using them to further your education and become a stronger professional or enhance your skills in a job.