“Shall I take my next course online or shall I stick with my face-to-face classes?”
If you are reading this post, it is possible that you are thinking about signing up for an online course, but perhaps you don’t have a lot of experience studying online, if at all.
If you have taken face-to-face classes all your life, being a little apprehensive at the beginning is normal, even if you are tech-savvy. However, taking an online course, as opposed to a face-to-face class, definitely has its perks. Here are the advantages of learning online.
Studying online gives you more flexibility. You can study and interact with your instructor and your fellow classmates at your own pace through, for example, the discussion forum.
It is even more helpful when the online lectures are recorded and shared for future reference.
You probably wont remember this but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard.
We therefore share the recorded versions of the live sessions in order for them to overcome the forgetting curve.
By studying online, you choose your own learning environment that works best for your needs: be it your bedroom, your study, the café across the street, or your local gym, listening to your instructor’s lecture podcast as you run on the treadmill. Isn’t that awesome?
Taking an online course also means that you don’t have to commute to class, which means less time and money spent on the bus and more study time sitting on your couch, the sound of a crackling fireplace in the background. You no longer have to worry about driving in the snowstorm and missing an important class!
Who says that having to be more self-disciplined is a disadvantage? It is true that studying online requires more self-motivation and time-management skills, because you will spend a lot of time on your own without someone physically close to keep you focused on deadlines. Look at it this way: your online course will not only teach you geology or poetry, it will also help you become more self-motivated, a trait that will make you stand out in the workplace and beyond. It will look great on your résumé.
We only listed few benefits to learning online but we know there are many more like better focus, real time interaction and a feel like getting individual attention from the tutor. Can you think of other advantages or reasons why you prefer to take your next course online? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!