5 Ways Online Courses Benefit Students Over Traditional Learning

Written by
Lizzie Davey
Jun 01, 2016

In the past, the only way to get a degree or learn a new skill was to take an in-person class. You’d have to set aside time to attend, wait for the course to begin, and sit it out even if the syllabus was moving at the wrong pace for you.

Today, there has been a revelation in the education industry. Learning is no longer limited to in-person seminars and courses. Instead, the internet has brought about a whole new species of course that tries to eliminate some of the barriers faced with traditional learning.

Online courses are increasingly becoming an important part of the education industry.

Not only do they provide easier access to learning for people across the globe, but they supply a cost-effective alternative to traditional courses. But these are the only benefits students can reap from taking their learning online.

In fact, as the education landscape keeps shifting further into an online format, more and more students are opting to studying via the internet from the comfort of their own homes. So, what is encouraging learners to log in to virtual seminars rather than head out to a traditional classroom setting?

1. Online learning provides more choice

The virtual landscape of the online learning world means there are no geographical limitations when it comes to the classes students can take. With traditional education formats, like in-class lectures and seminars, students could only attend classes they could physically travel to.

Now, they can take classes anywhere in the world thanks to the interconnected nature of the internet. Not only this, but students have access to a wider variety of courses as more and more niche teachers take to the internet to pass on their skills and knowledge.

These two aspects combined have created considerably more courses that are easy to access wherever the student is in the world.

2. Online courses are accessible whenever

The traditional learning landscape was dictated by strict semesters. Courses began at certain times of the year and, if students missed the enrollment period, they would have to wait another year.

With online learning, students can sign up for a course and gain access immediately, meaning there is no more waiting around. This gives students the chance to work on their skills quickly and put themselves ahead of the competition when it comes to gaining employment or furthering their careers.

3. Online learning is flexible

People seem to be getting busier by the day. When we’re not working we have other commitments, and we’re constantly hustling to get everything done during the limited hours we have in a day.

Traditional methods of learning don’t fit into this way of living, where classes were held at a set time without room for any flexibility.

Online learning, on the other hand, allows students to fit their studies around other commitments. This makes it ideal for anyone who still needs to work around their studies. Essentially, taking a course online gives students the freedom to create their own schedules which tie in with their needs and busy lifestyles.

4. Online learning lets students study at their own pace

It is common knowledge that we all learn at different rates and can absorb information better via different methods. No two people are the same when it comes to learning, and traditional courses don’t seem to accommodate this. All lessons are rolled out in the same way via the same medium, and students are caught up in the momentum of the course regardless of their own learning styles or how quickly they are learning.

With the vast majority of online courses, students have more flexibility with timings, which means they can really get to know a topic before moving on or, alternatively, can skip ahead if they’ve already covered a topic.

5. Online learning is more cost-effective

Online learning is often a lot cheaper than taking a traditional course. Why? Because there are less costs involved in creating a series of online lessons than in-person classes.

Think about it: for in-person classes, the cost of room hire, the teacher’s time, and someone to plan the schedule all have to be accounted for. With online courses, the tutor can create the training and, once it’s done, can simply roll it out over and over again – basically, they don’t need to be there, they don’t need to hire a room, and they don’t need to hire someone to plan the classes and sort out all the logistics.

This means students have access to a wider number of more affordable courses. Where traditional learning was reserved for people who had the funds to dabble in higher education, online learning gives everyone access to new skills and knowledge.

It is clear to see that online learning options provide tons of benefits to learners and, in an age which is increasingly moving online, it looks like things are set to get even more interesting in the online course landscape.

Not only will it provide learners with a new, easier way to access knowledge, but the unlimited scope of online courses means:

  • Students have more choice
  • Students can fit learning around their busy schedules
  • Students can study at a pace that suits them
  • Students can study for cheaper

Traditional learning certainly has its place in the education industry but, with online learning offering so many obvious benefits, it looks like taking courses to the internet is something that will dominate the future.

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