Guest Post: The Benefits of Online Education

In today’s technological age, many people choose to attend online colleges, universities and technical institutes rather than brick and mortar educational establishments. While there are both benefits and drawbacks to online education, technological advancements have corrected many of its drawbacks, such as the lack of student teacher interaction and class discussion, which has made online education a viable option for any type of student.

Convenience

An online educational experience will simply fit better into your life than a brick and mortar educational experience. There are no scheduled classes for online colleges. You can learn the material when it is most convenient for you. This flexibility can be a lifesaver for anyone who must maintain full time job responsibilities, but who wants to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families by earning a higher income.

Furthermore, an online educational experience avoids the inconvenience of either relocating to an area near a brick and mortar institution with the program in which you wish to enroll, or having to commute long distances to classes. Not only does this make your life less hectic, it saves on time and money. Through online classes, you can complete your degree from an accredited institution from the comfort of your own home.

Quality

Online educational institutions are growing in number and prominence. This proliferation has brought a dramatic increase in the quality of online educational experiences. In most cases, online degree programs are at least as well regarded as their brick and mortar equivalents. A common belief is that online programs lack the teacher student interaction that is necessary for quality education. Contrary to this belief, new technology has made online classroom experiences just as interactive as physical classroom experiences.

For example, you might think that a quality art degree lend itself to brick and mortar institutions only. However, in reality, graduates from accredited online art schools receive equal employment opportunities. Technology such as interactive video conferencing enables online instructors at accredited online art schools to monitor each step of students’ artistic development. These instructors work with students to produce professional level portfolios that are competitive with the portfolios of job applicants anywhere.

Cost

Online educational institutions are considerably less expensive than their brick and mortar counterparts. This is because online colleges have far lower overhead costs. They don’t have to pay for building rental, electricity, heat, property tax, or any other facility related expenses. Their expenses are simply the salaries of their instructors, domain space and costs associated with the use of copyrighted material. This translates into lower tuition for you. High tuition is one of the major factors preventing people from attaining college degrees, and online institutions enable millions to achieve their college dreams.

Even materials are cheaper for students attending online educational institutions. Usually, online colleges require students to purchase e-book alternative text books to the physical text books required by brick and mortar institutions. This can save hundreds of dollars, as most of the costs of textbooks are related to their physical manufacture.

Jameson Carney is a 20-something, artist and culture fanatic from the mid-west. In his free time you will find him traveling the world and advocating for online education.

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