Why study online courses?Published: February 17, 2015
High-quality online education offers many benefits, but we often get asked “Why study online courses?”. This blog post covers some of the advantages of studying online.
Connecting the World
The internet is global. As a result, the world is getting smaller. Distance education courses allow students to login from all over the world – London, India, South Africa (it’s a long list…). Students in different time zones can access the same course materials as students in the UK. This offers a level playing field for all students, as they can access the same course materials at the same time.
Access to Knowledge
By removing geography out of the equation, together we are helping to provide greater access to expertise. This transformation of learning allows information on medical subjects to reach more healthcare professionals, paving the way for advances in the subjects we cover all over the world. Online learning also opens up access to the pear group and the transfer of knowledge.
Convenience and Flexibility
Getting that perfect work life balance is difficult at the best of times. Throw in regular attendance of a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc and the tough gets tougher. Studying online means whether you’re at work, in a café or in your pyjamas at home you can study wherever you want. After a hard day’s work, the last thing you want is to sit in traffic on your way to an evening class. That’s why online study is championed; it puts you – the student – control.
All you need is access to the internet and the very best educational resources can be at your fingertips 24 hours a day seven days a week. This lets students to plan their study time around the rest of their day.
Cost Effective/Lower Costs
In comparison to rival institutions, the cost of online courses can be considerably low. This is because online courses have much lower overhead costs, unlike offline education providers who have to pass the added cost to the student. The ability to study online also means there are no travel costs to worry about and if you have kids, childcare won’t be a problem as you can study at home.
Reduce Carbon Footprint
Fewer people commuting means fewer people polluting. So by choosing to study online, you are reducing your carbon footprint.
Online study enables students to interact all around the world. Technological advances mean that students can access course materials through their phone, tablet, laptop and even their Smart TV.