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Benefits of Going to College Online

Updated on August 8, 2015

I'm a college professor that teaches online. When I talk about online classes, students tell me they enjoy taking their classes with them and going to college on their schedule. To go more in depth, here are six benefits of going to college online.

Mobility

What would it mean for you to be able to take your classes anywhere?

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Mobility

One of the best reasons to take classes online is that you can take your classes anywhere that you have Internet access. This means you can respond to discussions on your lunch break. You can watch and listen to that lecture after everyone is in bed. You can work on that big paper due this weekend from a friend's house or the library. Some learning management systems that schools use may even have an app for your smart phone! Imagine the possibilities. What would it mean to you to be able to continue your studies on the go? You can do your work while watching your child at a sporting event or in the car on the way to your next adventure while someone else is driving.

Take your classes anywhere and work on your time!
Take your classes anywhere and work on your time!

Self-Paced

Be sure to check due dates, but one of the perks of online learning is that you know about your assignments ahead of time. You can also usually work ahead if you know you may have something going on close to the due date of that next big assignment. Go at your own pace. Are you worried you may not be able to keep up with the rest if the class? Work at your own comfort and be confident in your work.

Take that vacation without leaving your classes behind!
Take that vacation without leaving your classes behind!

Not Interrupting Work or Family Obligations

This is a big one for me. One of the reasons I originally looked into online classes was that I had so many other responsibilities and would have trouble fitting school into the equation. Online classes make it possible to continue your life while getting an education. You don't have to worry about taking time off work, commuting to and from school, or missing the kids' weekend activities.

Anonymity

Worried you may have to sit on class with a bunch of 18 year olds? Are you self conscious about a disability? In an online class, you are on equal playing ground. You remain anonymous (besides your name of course), so you don't have to worry about anyone noticing something you may be worried about.

Articulate Responses Better

You most likely will have to respond to discussion questions and respond to your classmates as well. You can think and articulate your responses before you post them. In a traditional classroom, you may be put on the spot. Do be prepared to cite your sources in online discussions, however!

Technology and communications
Technology and communications

Greater Access to Resources and Advances in Technology

The great thing about online learning is that you don't have to sit in a classroom for three hours listening to a mono-toned professor while watching endless PowerPoint slides (with the professor reading off the slides word for word!). Today's technology offers creative learning options which cart by school and learning platform. In an online setting, you also have easy access to library resources (that you don't have to trek across campus to get to). A professor or student services is just an email away.

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The Adult Student (GREAT FOR ONLINE STUDENTS)

This list certainly doesn't grab all the benefits of online learning. There are probably a lot more you can think if on your own. Going to college online requires self discipline, staying focused, time management and goal setting. If you have the drive for these and the benefits sound like it might be worth it, going to college online might be for you!

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    • DebraHargrove profile image

      Debra Hargrove 

      2 years ago from North Carolina

      This is good information. This is the time of year to look into taking online courses.

    • kbdressman profile image

      kbdressman 

      3 years ago from Harlem, New York

      I love being able to pause recorded lectures and replay portions or find other sources to clarify my questions right when I have them. It makes learning lots more efficient. Not only are online classes more convenient, they're more effective for me!

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