Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing. – Donna J. Abernathy
The Internet has become an essential tool for millions. We bank, shop, converse, and research online. Learning online has become a readily accessible alternative to brick and mortar institutions of learning. And why not? Compared to the traditional school experience, there are many benefits to online learning. Online learning:
In addition to those previously mentioned, here are 5 essential benefits to choosing online learning:
Completing educational work online also demonstrates that you possess a personality skill set much sought after by employers. This skill set includes the ability to: function independently, handle new challenges, solve problems, learn new things, have a stick-to-it mentality, be self-motivated, and be disciplined.
As Alf Rehn notes in his article, The 20-Minute Rule for Great Public Speaking – On Attention Spans and Keeping Focus, for medium.com:
As just sitting and listening isn't particularly natural, we often feel fidgety and unfocused when in an audience, further limiting the number of points we can remember. So, we listen and hook our attention onto just a few key points – hopefully the same ones the speaker intended.
This old-style approach to teaching requires a certain degree of passivity on the part of the student. This in turn "distances" the student from the material being presented. In contrast, with online learning, you decide how much material you conquer at one time, and you decide the time increments you find most comfortable. This proactive approach to learning creates a sense of "ownership" of the material that in turn, creates a closer "relationship" with the material. In a very real sense, a "bond" forms between the student and the material that guarantees greater retention.
Online learners are lifelong learners. Lifelong learners don't bid goodbye to educating themselves once they throw their cap in the air on graduation day. Lifelong learners don't leave campus never to return. On the contrary, they carry their campus with them wherever they go – their laptop!
Lifelong learners have developed a hunger for adding to the knowledge they've already attained. Therefore, they stay continually primed for change and growth. Thus, lifelong learners are automatically and continually ahead of the employment curve.
There is one more benefit that's worth noting. It’s fun to learn online. It's a great adventure, a way of staying connected to the larger world, and a means of self-expression.
In so many ways, online learning enables you to master your own fate, and control your own destiny.
Those who capture the benefits of online learning are automatically positioned to take full advantage of every new opportunity. Really, they own the future!
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