Benefits Of Online Course: Top 10 Advantages Of Online Education
When it comes to education, there are a lot of ways to impart or receive it. We can go for offline classes (the traditional and classroom setup), or we can opt for ‘online education’. Now, both these methods involve several approaches and methods, and to make the most out of any approach or method; we must understand the prospects, advantages and disadvantages (if any) of these methods.
Well, as far as offline (the classroom setup) is considered, many of us are, most probably, very well familiar with its functionalities, so let us now, for a change, delve into the following benefits of online courses:
Best Benefits of Online Courses
One of the major advantages of online courses is ‘flexibility’ that they offer! We are free to choose the time slot to study the course of our choice. Unlike the regular and offline classroom courses, we do not have to stick to, say, 5 or 6 hours of classes a day, which makes us feel exhausted to do any other productive thing for the entire remainder of the day!
Apart from that, online courses are also helpful in letting us study anyway we find suitable! For example, whenever you go to study in your school, college, or any other institution, you are required to dress and act in a certain way, to maintain the decorum of the classroom or any such setting; but, with online courses, it is up to you to decide what you want to wear; nobody can force their rules, at least concerning the type of clothes, on you. You are also free to study while eating, that is if you’re feeling hungry!
More importantly, online classes give us a chance to spend time with our family and loved ones! This is what makes it an essential approach to learning, i.e. you do not have to compromise on the amount of time that you can devote to your family. It is, therefore, beneficial for people who have to take care of their family and have to study at the same time.
Convenience, Comfort and Ambience
When it comes to convenience, nothing (out of the existing teaching methods, at least) can outdo online learning. One is free to choose the place where they want to take their online course: it can be a cafeteria, a park, your home, or any other place where you feel free from distractions, and can concentrate on your learning.
Besides, being able to study at home is, in itself, a major advantage! You can set your study room (or living room, whatever you deem suitable) as per your convenience; just in case you have some guests or kids who might be a distraction, you can always find a cafeteria or a library to pay undivided attention to the course!
Moreover, in the case of online learning, professors (or teachers/instructors) are available most of the time! If you come across a hurdle that you feel is too much to handle all by yourself, you can get in touch with the teachers/instructors without delay; you do not have to worry if it is a Saturday or Sunday! Additionally, these online courses provide lots of material that you can refer to in case you face any such difficulties.
Another advantage that puts online education much above traditional online learning is that it is exceptionally economical in terms of the money that we have to spend taking the course!
Let us first understand some problems associated with traditional learning:
You can do away with all such expenses entirely because you can study from the comfort and ambience of your home (or any other nearby place that you find comfortable), provided that you have a stable Internet connection.
Thus, you can cut the cost of doing the course considerably! Besides, many of the online courses offer generous discounts!
Increased Individual Consideration
Imagine a classroom filled with students, each of whom has their particular suggestions, doubts, etc. It is challenging for the teachers/instructors to address the doubts of every individual. The main problem is that the teachers have a fixed time in which they have to understand and solve the problems of the students at the same time.
Online courses are very beneficial when it comes to paying attention to every individual. The students are free to contact the teacher/instructor as soon as they come across a problem; moreover, they can get their issues addressed almost immediately with the aid of emails and other such software; they can also get help from their peers and can provide help as well to other learners/students.
Besides the problem of scarcity of time, some students find it difficult to come up and ask the teacher/instructor about the issue. Online learning is helpful here as it enables the students to ask the teacher about a problem individually and without the involvement of other students.
Making New Friends and Acquaintances
Making new friends and acquaintances is another one of the advantages of online courses! A person who is an extrovert can indeed make friends relatively quickly, but introverted people often find it challenging to talk to and make acquaintances with people. Online learning is just the platform for such people to come out and connect with others.
While online courses do not involve direct and physical involvement of students/learners, it does bring the learners close to each other as they try to achieve their goals together by helping one another! And, if they feel like it, they can arrange for physical meetings as well!
Real-World and Technical Skills
Well, what did you expect! When you take an online course and complete it, you learn the real-world skills, involuntarily and unconsciously, that is required when you go out in the technical world to look for jobs. Some of these skills are ‘web browsing’, ‘emailing’, ‘interaction with peers’, ‘working together with a team to achieve goals’, ‘solving problems with your team’, ‘helping each other out’ and so on.
Therefore, when you enter an online course intending to learn something new, you must remember that you are enrolling yourself into a technical skill course as well, that is bound to be beneficial for you when you get into a job!
One exciting benefit that an online course offers is that it enables you to enter the field of ‘perpetual learning’. You might not have given it any thought but, when you go online and search for any particular topic in detail from amongst the thousands of web pages, you are scanning through and filtering out the useful information and learning lots of new things, simultaneously!
It, thus, actually prepares you for learning not only presently, but whenever you might want to do so in the future!
‘Self-discipline’ is one of the essential benefits of online courses. While learning a course online, you are bound to come across inevitable distractions, no matter how much you try to avoid them! For instance, you might have to run an essential errand for your family, or you might have to look after your loved ones. Therefore, to counter these situations, you would have to discipline your mind in such a way that you can tackle the circumstances and spare appropriate time for your online studies as well.
Online learning, therefore, allows you to indulge in self-introspection that automatically leads to self-discipline!
One of the best things about online learning is that you can learn from anywhere; the geographical barriers cannot stop you from learning! It does not matter if you are in the USA and you want to take a course in, say, Australia. All you need to do is enrol in the course, and procure stable Internet connectivity, and you’re all set!
It is also helpful in saving time and money that you have to spend on travelling and procuring a place to stay.
Variety of Options
What we mean when we say that online courses have a lot of variety is that there is, possibly, no limit to the type and number of courses that you can pursue online. Most of the prominent universities/institutions provide learners with the option of learning. It is, thus, possible for us to take a course from any stream – be it arts, science, commerce etc. – that rouses the interest in us!
Just like any other thing in this world, there are both cons and pros of online courses. Some of the cons of online courses are:
Having to sit at a computer for long periods might place stress on the eyes.
Poor Internet connectivity might cause hindrance in learning.
Lack of self-discipline might lead to failure in achieving the desired goals.
Well, these disadvantages can be quickly resolved and are almost negligible compared to the advantages of online courses!