Online education has seen huge growth in the past 20 years, and continued technological advancements are enabling online colleges and universities, including REALTOR® University, to innovate constantly.
The real promise of online education, experts say, is providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual students and their career aspirations than is possible in classrooms. That enables more “learning by doing,” which many students find more engaging and useful. Online colleges have truly changed the face of higher education with its student-centered mission to help you pursue your educational and professional goals.
Below are 8 advantages to online learning originally posted on Open Education Database.
- Easy Credit Transferability: Online colleges typically accept up to 24 transferred credits from another college, but some will take up to half the required credits for your degree, as long as they aren’t core requirements for your major. For an indecisive student who jumps from school to school or major to major, this is great news, but it also works out well for people who need to take their education in chunks, rather than in one long haul.
- Constant Access to All Previous Lectures and Materials: Fortunately, with online courses, there is a permanent record of all the discussions that happen in class; professors’ lectures are accessible in video or text formats, your assignments can all be downloaded and re-downloaded, and it is generally very easy to access any previous content. That means if you miss out on a session, or you aren’t great at picking out important points in a long lecture, you can always go back and review! This is one of the absolute biggest benefits of online classes versus classroom lectures.
- Variety of programs and courses: From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for students. This means that no matter what students wish to study, from nursing to neuroscience, they can find online the courses or degree programs they need. They can also earn every academic degree online, all the way from a career certificate to a doctorate.
- Lower total costs: Online programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges. For example, there are no commuting costs, and sometimes there aren’t any required course materials such as textbooks because those are often available for free online.
- More comfortable learning environment: Commercials that feature online students studying in the pajamas only skim the surface of one of the primary benefits of online education: there are no physical class sessions. Lectures and other materials are electronically sent to the student, who will then read them and complete assignments. Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.
- Convenience and flexibility: Online courses give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work when they are at their peak energy, whether that’s early morning or late at night. All of this makes online learning a good option for students who need to balance their work and family commitments. Online learning also allows you to go back to school even if you’re living abroad or far away from a traditional college or university.
- Career advancement: Students can take online courses and even complete entire degrees while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family. This academic work will explain any discontinuity or gaps in a resume as well. Also, earning a degree can show prospective employers that you are ambitious and want to remain informed and prepared for new challenges.
- Improve your technical skills: Even the most basic online course requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The skills students learn to participate in their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into your assignments, completing online training sessions, etc.
These are just a few of the many advantages of taking online classes. Students in REALTOR® University’s Masters Degree program are able to manage their time, learn from others in the same profession around the country, and complete the required classes on their own schedules.