At StoneHill Education, we are firm believers in education as a way to change the world and improve societies, economies etc. No matter the way we receive that education, the minute we are learning, we are changing and improving ourselves and everyone around us. Online education has brought flexibility to a normally quite rigid sector, and it has many other benefits for students and also for teachers. Let’s take a look at them:
1 Variety of programs and courses
There is a huge range of options in every imaginable discipline. There might be courses with or without certificates, but learning is guaranteed. Most universities and schools that used to offer only face- to- face courses, now offer online degrees too. The variety of courses includes not only more traditional programs but also development of skills and hobbies. For example, you can enjoy learning photography with a famous Japanese photographer without leaving your sofa.
Although many schools don’t differentiate between online and face-to- face classroom fees, there are other associated costs that the online option reduces drastically. Transportation, accommodation, meals, etc.; if you are not living close to the teaching center, these items can be more costly than the tuition fees themselves.
Also the online teaching materials tend to be digital, saving not only trees and money but also commutes to the library or the bookshop.
Lately we can see that some credits from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are being accepted in traditional education too, making it even more attractive. Udemy, Coursera, Edx… are backed by top universities, academics and forward thinkers.
3 Flexibility and Convenience
Online education allows for a balance between work and study. You can set your own times when you can be more productive or simply when you have availability. It is great for continuum education and also for parents that decided to dedicate time to raising a family and now are planning to return to work, or if you want to go up the ladder and need more education to do so while working. It facilitates life-long learning as never seen before.
You can learn at your own pace, decide when you want to spend more time studying or doing any other activity: being with family, friends or on holidays. You manage your time, which leads us into the following benefit.
4 Students are more proactive
Discipline and commitment are the keys to success in online education. The way you have to organize yourself and even the way the learning happens is not passive. It requires the effort, engagement and desire of the student to open the platform, participate and learn. The profile of online students shows that they are more proactive and driven. This type of education nurtures critical thinking, improves research and analytical skills, allows students to share and see different points of view of teachers and peers, creating engaged social networks and obviously, improving the use of technology.
5 Location Freedom
Not only do you manage your time, but you also decide where to study. You can be travelling “Around the World in Eighty Days” and still not miss a class. And even if you need to miss a class, course materials are always accessible so you can plan to delay or to fast forward the contents to be free during certain periods of time.
This feature comes in very handy when your work needs you to travel often or even to relocate from time to time. Now there are no more excuses to stop learning. Just make sure you have a good internet source.
What are your thoughts about online education? Have you tried it already?