We’ve reviewed a lot of changes in the digital landscape here on The Digital Lifestyle, but it is safe to say that nothing is as interesting – and as game-changing – as online learning. A lot of universities are opening up their distance learning programs to online students from all across the country. Some of these programs are even available to international students.
As we get closer to 2017, more and more students are choosing online learning instead of the more conventional brick-and-mortar courses. There are a number of reasons why online learning is the way forward.
One of the reasons why online learning is very popular, especially these past couple of years, is the wealth of new programs and courses now available to students. You’ll be amazed by the number of options to choose from.
Want to pursue a career in law enforcement? It is now possible to get a masters in criminal justice online. We’re not talking about short courses, either. The available criminal justice masters programs are hosted by top universities such as Boston University. You get an accredited degree at the end of the course.
At this point, it is worth noting that online courses are no less challenging than their offline counterparts. Sure, you get extra flexibility, but that doesn’t mean the requirements and standards to meet are lower in any way.
The wealth of programs and courses to choose from is not the only reason why online learning is quickly becoming popular. As mentioned before, there are more universities with their own distance learning programs than ever before. The beauty about studying online is that you don’t have to move near the university to enroll in a course of your choice.
Using the previous example, you can actually join Boston University’s criminal justice masters programs without having to move to Boston. In fact, you can continue working a full-time job or managing your business from home while pursuing the bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Online learning is really making pursuing a higher degree easier than ever. Those working a full-time job can now allocate an hour every day at the end of work to study and still complete the online course in 2 years. There are even accelerated programs in certain fields that allow students to get a master’s degree in as little as 12 months.
More importantly, you are not limited to a predesigned course. Allocate more time for the course, invest your energy in studying and completing assignments, and you can complete the course faster. On the other hand, you can also finish the course at a slower pace if you have other responsibilities to attend to.
Is online learning the way forward? The answer to this question is a definite ‘yes’. More students are actively choosing online courses than offline classes for various reasons, including the ones we have covered in this article. You, too, can pursue a degree of your dream without quitting your job or becoming a full-time student.