As the economy has been going through a crisis worldwide over the last decade, many young people, as well as seasoned professionals, have been turning to earn new degrees and certificates through online learning programs from particular universities.
The idea of attending online university is becoming increasingly popular, as new programs are popping up and more and more students try out exciting online classes.
Many people wonder if this is simply a phase, or if we can expect to see more developments in the future as more and more people begin educational paths online. The research is clear: online universities are the way of the future, for both life-long learners and new students interested in furthering their own educations.
Financial Benefits: Lower Tuition and Expenses
Part of the big expenses for college or university include having to find housing and student work that can support your studies. Residential universities often present financial obstacles like high rent prices, expensive dormitory living, and a schedule that is not conducive to attending a sporadic class schedule. None of these costs are an issue when you attend a flexible online university program, since your location and working environment need not necessarily change. Online universities are also usually less expensive per class, and offer particular discounts as well to those with certain financial obstacles or high academic merit.
Accessibility for Everyone
One of the most basic human rights is that all people should have access to a basic education that will allow them to be engaged citizens of their country who can contribute to society. However, in some nations, people are discriminated against because of their age, gender, sexual preference, religion, race, and social status, and as a result are denied from traditional universities. Online universities can allow anyone with an internet connection to access information and to achieve a certificate or program, even when local colleges and universities create barriers and obstacles for those wanting to learn.
From the Comfort of Your Couch
Sure, some lazy college students are known for sleeping in late and attending classes in their pajamas. But for better or worse, students make a strong first impression based upon how they present themselves in the classroom environment, which can lead to discrimination as well. With online universities, however, a person’s appearance is absolutely unimportant, just like the location from which he or she is studying. Comfy in bed or cozy at a coffee shop, you can study, take exams, and “attend” online classes – while other students have the requirement of being physically present in class. Location in fact isn’t an issue – you can study in another state, province, or even country than the one in which you are currently residing.
Education Tailor-Made for You
Studying online lets you work at your own pace. Of course, particular seminars and lectures might present particular deadlines and requirements, but the number of courses you take at once and the kind of degree track you select is often left up completely to you. If you are simply interested in learning something new, consider auditing one course. If you hope to achieve a degree while still keeping your job and maintaining other responsibilities, you will surely be able to find an online program that gives you such an experience. Overall – the best thing about online education is its flexible nature – of course we can expect this trend to keep expanding globally in the future.
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her main interests are health and travel, with an occasional focus on their intersection with technology and diet. She currently works for the George Washington University, If interested in applying, feel free to check it out: healthcaremba.gwu.edu