Image Credit: E-learning Africa
Image Credit: E-learning Africa
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In recent years, online learning has become a huge topic of interest. Although when it was first introduced online learning – or e-learning – was met with a significant amount of skepticism, both students and teachers are currently embracing the power of the internet when it comes to education. Online learning students make up millions of the academic population, with many mature students choosing this option over a traditional college. Experts say that online learning is just as effective as, or even more effective than, traditional classroom learning.

Popularity of Online Learning
In today’s digital age, it’s no surprise really that online learning has grown in popularity. We do almost everything online these days from socializing to reading books and even tracking our health, so it seems quite natural that education should follow suit. So, why is this method of education so popular? Many would argue that it’s a lot more student-friendly. Not only is online learning usually cheaper than traditional education, there are also less costs for students when it comes to living on or travelling to campus, the ability to tailor their own study timetable around a job, and instant access to resources.

Mature Students
For mature students returning to academia, online learning is a valuable option. Many mature students would probably have never gotten the chance to study if not for online learning due to being unable to cut down hours at work, for example, or family commitments. Thanks to online learning it’s now possible for full-time workers, single parents, and anybody else to get a degree from the comfort of their own home and working flexibly to suit their schedule.

Availability
Online learning has transformed the availability levels of education. With traditional learning, if a student were to miss a designated lecture, seminar group, or other meeting they would miss out, and run the risk of possibly getting behind on their work as a result. Because sometimes missed lessons are inevitable, this can add to stress and worry for students especially as the number of missed sessions increases. However, with online learning, the materials are available for the student to access whenever they can. There is no need to turn up at a set time for a lesson at 9AM – and you’ll still get the same learning experience as everybody else on the course.

Wider Choice
The digital revolution has caused an increase in variety in our daily lives. Information about any topic that we like is available at our fingertips, any time which we need it. Apply this to online learning, and essentially students are able to find courses online which better match their exact needs. Because online schools don’t need as many funds to run, they’re often able to offer a wider choice of subjects than traditional colleges. Additionally, not only does online learning offer a wider range of topics, there’s also access to a wider range of lecturers, professors and other education professionals.

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