If you’re considering starting an online degree program, you may
think that flexibility is the major benefit of getting an education
online. Flexibility is indeed a huge factor for many people—but it’s
not the only one. Strayer University Campus Dean, Kimberly Williams
(South Raleigh Campus), recently listed several other benefits for
Potential increase in student/teacher time. “When
you have one instructor in a classroom with 30 people, that
instructor’s attention is going to be divided,” says Williams.
“Online, a student is more likely to have one-on-one interactions,
whether it’s via email, phone calls, or Skype.”
Much larger networking field.
Williams notes that online classes have the
potential to have a wider array of networking opportunities.
“Online you have the potential to interact with hundreds of
people,” she points out. “You’ll meet students from all walks of
life, residing all over the country, and maybe living
internationally. They can provide you with insights into how
things work in different areas and the ability to make
connections thousands of miles away.”
More comfortable for introverts. If the thought
of being in a classroom of 30 strangers and being expected to
participate with them sounds difficult, the online experience
offers a much more introvert-friendly experience. “Some people are
just shy and will not talk or ask questions in a physical
classroom, but give them the digital distance, and they feel more
comfortable participating,” Williams says. “Part of that may be
that they just feel more comfortable in their own environment,
whether that’s at a coffee shop, at the office, or in their
kitchen in their pajamas.”
Less time commuting. Another benefit of online
classes is that you can participate in your courses from wherever
you are. Time usually spent commuting to a campus can be better
spent actually working on your degree. Not to mention, this can
mean less money spent on gas, bus, or rail fare.
Decreased conflict with work.
Balancing school and work is always a trying
experience, but it’s exacerbated when you have to be vigilant
about your competing schedules. By having to be at class at a
certain time, you may need to limit your work schedule, which
could cause you to lose income. With the flexibility of online
courses, you can adjust your school schedule around your work
schedule, maximizing the benefit of both.
If flexibility was the concept that drew your attention to online
degree programs, it could come as a surprise—a pleasant one—that there
are numerous other benefits. Recognizing these can help you make an
informed decision before committing to a degree program.
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