Online education has surged in popularity in recent years, and it's easy to see why. It provides countless students the ability to continue their education in new and innovative ways without having to upend their lives.
If you're considering continuing your education, take a look at these five advantages of online learning.
1. Quality education that spans the globe
Traditionally, going to a university requires moving to the town or area where that institution is located. While there, students learn from others within the confines of a classroom or lab.
With online education, the pool of like-minded learners is endless. Some universities have even taken that a step further, offering options such as Global Learning Centers, like the one at Oral Roberts University, to facilitate a worldwide connection and approach to learning.
With online learning, no longer are you required to rearrange your day to meet a demanding class schedule. Through this type of education, you have the freedom to learn and study during the hours that fit your individual needs.
3. Low overall cost
While you may not see a difference in the amount of tuition you pay, you will see savings in other costs. You'll save by skipping the commute to class, and most materials to online learners are free because there are no textbooks or lab fees.
Another cost-saving advantage is your ability to study according to your schedule, so you can more easily maintain or hold a job, allowing you to earn income to help you go to school loan free.
4. Control of your environment
Unlike traditional colleges, where you are confined to a classroom or lecture hall, online learning allows you the chance to choose your environment. Perhaps you enjoy sitting in a park surrounded by shade and the sound of the wind rushing by. Maybe you learn best while sitting in your pajamas with your favorite tunes playing in the background. Online learning allows you the freedom to learn where you learn best.
5. Best of old and new
Online learning is a recent development in the history of education, and it offers students the best of established programs and cutting edge opportunities.
For example, the Scripps Spelling Bee is the oldest standing educational contest, and students have the unique opportunity to watch the 2017 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Oral Roberts University on March 4.
On the new side of things, online students learn from home while connecting to classmates around the world, with the help of a recent trend in education, the previously mentioned Global Learning Centers. ORU's Global Learning Center offers innovative technology to students around the world, who learn from each other as they share ideas.