E-learning has had a few bumps and starts along the way, not to mention a few growing pains. Still, students find the flexibility and versatility of e-learning an attractive option for returning to school, remaining in school, and enhancing their professional careers through advanced education.
In fact, those are only a few quick reasons why students love online learning, or e-learning in today’s busy society. Other reasons include the ability (with some e-learning institutions) to control the rate of learning to accommodate busy lives; lower costs of online education; and the ability to review lectures multiple times in case something was missed the first time around. In fact, the ability to repeat lectures is important for people taking online physiology lessons to prepare for a degree in nursing.
There’s also the easy portability of online learning to consider. Think about it, today’s students have access to a wealth of educational resources on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. All they need to participate in one of their classes is one of these devices, a Wi-Fi connection and 30 or so minutes of their time. Students can learn on a ferry or bus to and from work, during their lunch breaks, or while preparing dinner.
Businesses are also taking the plunge and investing in e-learning opportunities for promising employees seeking advancement. These businesses prefer the e-learning model because it doesn’t interfere with employee work schedules while creating improvements to their workforce and building loyalty among employees.
What’s really surprising to many is the fact that students overwhelmingly prefer online education to traditional offline methods of learning. How much so? According to Entrepreneur, a staggering 90 percent of students prefer to learn through online mediums rather than offline.
The wide variety of online course programs also helps to develop a greater appreciation of online learning environments for students. This is especially true for students who do not have easy geographic access to secondary learning options. It makes education more accessible to millions of Americans who live in rural areas rather than larger cities that provide broader access to education themselves.
Whether students are looking to advance personal knowledge, earn certificates or degrees, or simply make themselves more appealing to employers, online learning offers a wealth of opportunities. It is no easier than ever for enterprising young people and adults from all walks of life are taking advantage of these opportunities.