Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Advantages Of Online Learning

The world wide web is growing at a crazy pace, and the number of youngsters hooked to it is also increasing. Taking this into account, many educational institutes are now providing online learning options. There are many online colleges and universities that are dedicated to online learning. All you need to get a degree is a computer, an Internet connection, the willingness to learn, and cash to pay the fees. There are some websites giving free tutorials too, but if you want a proper degree you will have opt for the paid options. As in any other system of education, there are some flaws and some benefits of online learning too. Currently we are focusing on the many advantages that online learning has, in the following article.

Advantages of e-Learning

You may be surprised to know that there are quite a few benefits of online learning. The following paragraphs will tell you about how learning with the help of the Internet can help people, in spite of there being no one to physically monitor you.

The only requirements for taking an online course are a computer and Internet access. You also do not have to commute to the college campus and so the necessity of living near the campus is out of question. The online course is delivered mainly in the form of lecture videos and webinars. So you can take the course more thoroughly by viewing the videos as many times as you want.

The online education options are far more economical than courses that require you to attend college everyday. This is because the transportation cost to you and the infrastructure cost to the college is eliminated completely. Also, the best teachers that the college cannot afford to employ full-time, can be hired for a limited amount of time. As the cost is only one time, colleges can afford it.

E-learning courses give you complete freedom to learn anytime from anywhere. This freedom will give you some lessons in self discipline and time management. The need to be self disciplined arises because when you are online along with the useful and informative things, there are also many distractions.

Learning through Games at your Pace
Online learning also gives you the option to learn through games and puzzles. There is wide number of online educational computer games available on the net. Moreover, most of these games are completely free of cost. They are entertaining along with being highly informative.

Earn and Learn
While attending a full-time college, students get hardly any time for anything else. But if you are taking an online course, then you can have the entire day at your disposal and you can do your studies at night or any other time. This is one of the best advantages of online education. It is a great way to learn for students who have no option but to earn and learn.

Prolonged Access to Course Material
Many times you will feel the need to brush up your knowledge of a certain subject, and online learning gives you the opportunity to do that. All the course material that you get as a part of your online course remains permanently with you, so you can revise any of the subjects any time you want.

Getting Proficient in Computer and Internet Use
Computers and the Internet are widely used in every walk of life today. Taking an online degree program will help you attain more proficiency in the use of computers and the Internet. You will also get used to many software and that will add more value to your resume.

Along with the above advantages of online learning, there are a few disadvantages also. The teacher-student interaction is almost nil. Every time you have doubts you have to contact the course helpline. Some recruiters consider an online degree less effective than conventional degrees. On the whole though, online learning represents a great opportunity for people, especially those who cannot make it to regular colleges, to get educated, and this can be called the biggest advantage of online learning.
By Pankaj Chobharkar