The OEDb (open education database) says that there are 10 reasons why taking online classes is a good idea. As an instructional designer, I could probably think of more, but let’s start with 10. Here are 10 good things about taking an online class.
10 Benefits of Online Classes
1. Different Courses and Programs:
Almost every college has online courses for different levels of education. From programs that give you a certificate to those that give you a Ph.D. and everything in between. Students have more choices than ever when it comes to higher education today.
2. Total Costs Are Lower:
In some situations, online programs can be cheaper than other options. Even though tuition costs might not always be lower, other costs of going to college might be. For example, there are no transportation costs, and a lot of the time, instructors will offer an online text or learning materials so that students do not have to buy textbooks.
3. More Comfortable Learning Environment:
Have you ever seen a picture of a student in their pajamas taking an online class? Well, this is often one of the best things about learning online. As someone who has taken online classes, I would much rather take a 3-hour course on my own couch than in a hard, uncomfortable classroom chair.
It’s also more comfortable when I can get up to go to the bathroom, stretch my legs, or get something to eat, which may not be possible in a classroom setting. The best thing about it is that it’s not hard to get from the couch to the bed after a long day of class.
4. Easy to Use and Flexible:
Most college students also have to balance their work and personal lives with their schoolwork. Some people like online learning because it gives them the freedom to learn whenever they want.
Many people who take classes online would not be able to get a degree if they couldn’t do it online. Most people who learn online like that they can log on after putting their kids to bed, on weekends, or on the way home from work. Many people need to be able to change.
5. More Interaction and Better Ability to Concentrate:
Some people might say that online learning doesn’t give students enough chances to talk to each other, but it actually opens up a lot of chances for students to work together. From my own experience, I’ve had more meaningful interactions with other people through online learning than I ever did in a classroom.
I knew all of my classmates’ names, and we talked to each other often and helped each other out when we needed to. Online learning creates a sense of community, which adds an important social element to the learning process.
6. Career Advancement:
Anyone can take online courses, but they are especially helpful for people who want to change careers, get a degree to move up in their careers, or make more money. Students can take classes even if they are working, between jobs, or taking care of their families. Getting a degree while juggling other responsibilities can show potential employers that you are ambitious and want to keep getting better at your job.
7. Continue in Your Profession:
When you take online classes while working, you don’t have to choose between quitting your job and going to school. You can keep working your normal hours and go back to school at the same time. Many companies also offer incentives for going to school, and some will even pay for your tuition.
8. Avoid Commuting
Getting to work can be frustrating and expensive whether you live in a big city or a small town. Many people who take classes online say that they save money on gas, tolls, and public transportation. They also like that it saves them time. When I had to commute to class, it often took me two hours of my day and cost me up to $30 per week.
9. Improve Your Technical Skills
Even a simple online course requires you to learn something new about computers. When a student takes online classes, they learn how to use different learning management systems (LMSs) to add audio and video to assignments, share documents, and even take some online training workshops.
10. The Capacity to Attend Class Regardless of the Situation
This was by far one of the best things about learning online for me. If I wasn’t feeling well, I didn’t have to stay home from school and fall behind on my work. I could still go to class from my bed and keep up with my work.
This can also be helpful for parents whose kids are sick. If they have to stay home to take care of sick children, they can still log on to class so they don’t have to worry about falling behind on their work.