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5 Reasons Why More Students are Choosing to Learn Online


coffee and computerAs many of your know, I recently completed my Master’s Degree – and I did it online.

Today, technology has made its way into almost all aspects of the classroom. Along with teachers who allow their students to use gadgets in class, having computers and the internet readily available for research and the introduction of smart blackboards rather than pen and paper, the digital age is transforming the way we learn.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes that we’ve seen made to education by technology is the ability to learn online. Distance learning is becoming increasingly popular, and here are the reasons why.  

Reason #1. Flexible Study

Today’s students aren’t just young adults fresh out of high school, leaving the parental home for the first time. In fact, there are greater numbers of older people who are heading back to college to finally get their bachelor’s degree or even returning for their online masters of social work. Mature students tend to have more commitments such as full-time jobs or children; online learning is often the perfect choice for them since no other option could be so easily slotted in around their busy lives.

Reason #2. Lower Tuition Fees

Although college tuition is currently at an all-time high, you don’t expect to pay quite as much when you decide to study online. Since online colleges and departments such as Rutgers Online don’t have as many overheads when it comes to e-learning programs, the cost is less per-student therefore colleges are able to charge you less. In general, you can expect to pay around a third less for distance learning options. However, some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can be accessed free of charge.

Reason #3. Excellent Support

When you head to college to study for your bachelor’s degree on-campus or your masters in social work online, you expect to receive an outstanding level of support from your tutors and teaching staff. One of the biggest myths about e-learning is that students are left to get on with things on their own, hundreds of miles away from the nearest professor. But, whilst you may not be located physically close, you will still get excellent support from a good online learning provider. Most have web chat facilities that you can use to get in touch.

Reason #4. Enhanced Choice

Today’s students have a huge range of choice when it comes to selecting a college and a program. When you choose to study online, this choice is extended even further. Thanks to e-learning, those who may have previously been able to move away for college can still get the degree of their dreams, with many big-name reputable establishments such as Harvard and MIT who’ve now jumped on the bandwagon and offer online learning alongside their traditional campus-based programs.

Reason #5. Graduate Sooner

Many college students want to get their degree over and done with as quickly as possible so that they can get out into the world of work and start earning a nice salary. But, until online learning, college students needed to commit to at least three to four years of work. Today, it’s possible to ‘accelerate’ many online programs, allowing you to finish as quickly as possible.

Would you consider an online degree? Let us know in the comments.

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