5 Top Advantages of Online Learning

5 Top Advantages of Online Learning
Beth Dumbauld

By Marty Chester, M.S.Ed.

The advantages of online learning focus on saving you time and money as you work toward your degree. Online learning provides flexible schedules for students who are working, parenting, and traveling. Online learning can give you the convenience and flexibility you need to add education to your best life.

Flexibility

Flexibility is the number one advantage of online learning. With courses available 24/7, adults can fine-tune their schedules to fit their needs from anywhere in the world, at any time of day. Younger students can complete prerequisites and alternate admissions criteria quickly, making online courses an advantage in this post-pandemic, more virtual world.

Self-Paced

Self-paced online classes, also called asynchronous learning, means the course doesn’t hold scheduled meetings. Rather, students complete work on their own schedule and times to meet assignment deadlines. The option to work ahead or take time with complex material is invaluable for busy students, as is the ability to log in anytime, anywhere.

Improved Time Management

Online learning improves your time management skills as you plan your schedule. How well you use your time influences how well you do in school. Here are a few time management tips to start out:

  • Prioritize tasks to decide what is essential, what is important, and what can be delegated.
  • Use a calendar for course deadlines, work, and family activities to see where you face challenges.
  • Don’t wait for big chunks of time to get things done. Small things can be accomplished in the spaces between other commitments.
  • Use available time-management apps to help keep you on track.

These time and task management skills are transferrable to the workplace and will pay off in your career and personal life when you need to set and meet goals under pressure.

Technical Skills

Online learning teaches technical skills along the way. Some of the benefits include:

  • Using digital learning materials, including your learning management system (LMS), digital library and textbooks.
  • Familiarity with new tools and software, like cloud-based storage/sharing platforms, project management tools, and communication tools like Zoom.
  • Remote technology allowing you to communicate in different ways, including email, messaging, file sharing, and content management.

Demonstrating your ability troubleshoot technical problems and work with others to resolve issues will set you apart in the workplace.

Cost

Lower cost is another great reason to choose online courses. Online typically costs less since physical space and materials aren’t necessary. You’ll incur no travel costs, or wear and tear on your vehicle. Online costs vary, so research your options. At StraighterLine, you can earn college credit at less cost per class and learn at your own pace, which lowers the risk of starting or restarting your degree.

With advantages like these, you can save time, save money, and improve time management and technical skills you’ll use long after you’ve finished your degree. The advantages and benefits of online learning are clear.

Experience firsthand what a self-paced course feels like by signing up for a StraighterLine free trial right now. The first two lessons of an online course are free!

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