1. Variety of programs and courses
From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for students. This means that no matter what students study, from nursing to neuroscience, they can find the courses or programs they need online. Students can also earn every academic degree online, from a career certificate to a doctorate.
2. Lower total costs
Online or Distance Learning Programs prove a more affordable option than traditional class programs. Though not all online/distance learning programs offer less expensive net tuition prices than traditional class programs, associated expenses almost always cost less. For example, there are no commuting costs, and sometimes required course materials, such as textbooks, are available online at no additional cost. In addition, many colleges and universities accept flexible payment plan or study as you go paid per module
3. More comfortable learning environment
Commercials that feature online students studying in their pajamas only skims the surface of one of the benefits of online education: no physical class sessions. Students listen or read through lectures and complete assignments sent to them electronically, with no need to fight traffic, leave work early for class, or miss important family time.
4. Convenience and flexibility
Online or Distance Learning Courses give students the opportunity to plan study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work at their convenience. Course material is always accessible online or in form of offline modules, making special library trips unnecessary. All of these benefits help students balance work and family commitments with their education.
5. More interaction and greater ability to concentrate
While contradictory evidence about the rate of online or distance learning student participation versus participation in traditional class courses exists, one thing remains certain: Online or Distance Learning courses offer shy or more reserved students the opportunity to participate in class discussions more easily than face-to-face class sessions.
6. Career advancement:
Students can take online or distance learning courses and even complete entire Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family. This academic work will explain any discontinuity or gaps in a resume as well. Also, earning a qualification can show ambitiousness to prospective employers and a desire to remain informed and prepared for new challenges.
7. Continue in your profession
Even if someone wants to complete a degree, it may not mean they want to leave their current job. For most students today, increasing college costs mandate that some students continue working while in school. The previously mentioned flexibility of online programs enable students to keep working while also pursuing academic credentials.
8. Avoid commuting
During outbreaks like Cholera, Typhoid and Covid 19 pandemics colleges may cancel classes to avoid putting commuting students at risk. Rather than miss important class sessions, students in online or distance learning courses can always "attend" by participating in discussion boards or chat sessions, turning in their work on time, and watching lectures or reading materials. Many students also find substantial savings on fuel and taxi fare costs incurred when attending classes.
9. Improve your technical skills:
Even the most basic online course requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The participation skills students learn within their online or distance learning courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into assignments, completing online training sessions, etc.