Additional Benefits of Online Education

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In case the Top 9 Benefits weren’t enough to satisfy your curiosity, the following is a list of some additional benefits of online education.  These happen to be the less well known or less impacting benefits, but they are still powerful enough that you should consider them when making your decisions.

  1. 24/7 access. In an online course, as long as you have access to the internet, you have access to the course materials.  In traditional classes, you have limited access to course materials based on what you have with you and whether or not the instructor’s office is open–although this is fading out rapidly, due to online applications such as Blackboard and Joule. [1]
  2. Increased communication skills.  In essence, over the course of your degree/courses, you will get better at effective communication through technology, and this is a highly valued skill by employers. [2]  Communication is one of the most important ‘soft’ skills you can have as an employee. [5] It is required in some form in every single job you will ever have.  While some positions require less human interaction, employers need to know that their instructions will be heard, understood, and carried out effectively.  On a more obvious note, many jobs require face-to-face interaction with customers; in which case it is absolutely crucial to have good communication skills, so as to give the customer the best experience possible.

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  3. Acting as a team player…virtually.  Virtual team participation on projects and online research is a regular part of online classes, much like with traditional schooling. Since the internet is becoming consistently more integrated into the working environment, the ability to efficiently work with others over long distances is increasingly more valued by employers.  This is one skill that you will want under your belt in the coming years. [3]
  4. Work & school.  A main reason online education is becoming popular at such a rapid rate is the ease at which you can take classes.  It allows you to keep your job while attending school.  Since you can stay at home while ‘attending’ class, it frees up time that would regularly have been spent driving to college.  When combined with the flexibility of online classes, as well as freedom to take as few classes as you wish, it leaves plenty of room for a full-time job.  This also is extremely helpful for people with families such as stay-at-home-moms. [4]
  5. No snow days.  Don’t worry about bad weather with online learning because you don’t have to go anywhere.  If you are ever concerned about hazardous driving conditions, then this benefit will be of great interest to you.  You won’t have to worry about fog, sleet, snow, ice, or simply going to your car in the cold (that last one is a ‘biggy’). [4]
  6. No fear. Online education also removes the fear of asking questions in front of the class because you have direct communication with the instructor. There is no need to announce your assumed ignorance to the class when you can ask the professor in private.  This way, you can have all of your questions answered, instead of avoiding speaking aloud and then not understanding the subject.  As a bonus, it builds a relationship with your instructor, and that is something that can be very beneficial on many points. [6]

Still wondering if you belong online or in a classroom?  Take this quick quiz to find out!  Otherwise, you can head straight over to start picking out a degree!

[2]Franklin University
[3]Diverse Education
[4]Open Education Database
[6]Montgomery College

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