Online education is becoming more popular among all age groups, but particularly with 18 – 25-year-olds. The number of younger students enrolling to study online doubled between 2012 and 2015, and has continued to grow ever since. It is thought there are two main reasons for this. The first is they do not have the expense or inconvenience of moving away from home, and the second is that because they can work at their own pace, some students can finish the course in a much shorter time than if they attended a bricks and mortar college or university. This results in them getting into the employment market sooner than they would otherwise have done.
Choice Of Study
Online programs offer a much wider choice of courses in many more fields than is generally thought. It does not matter if you want to complete an online accredited MBA program, study life sciences, do a course in education or any other one of many fields, there are online courses for most of them.
It has grown a great deal from the few online courses that were originally offered, and now there are many thousands of different options in all types of industries and professions.
Most Students Do Not Work
One of the selling points of online education has been that you can fit it in with any lifestyle. If you have a full-time job or a family to care for, you can complete your studies when you have time.
However, research shows that among the younger age groups, very few of the students work while they are completing their online courses. It seems they prefer to work at them full time, with many of them doing more hours than they would if they attended a physical college.
Distance learning students tend to get better grades than those who have been taught face-to-face. There is no apparent reason for this, and it should be pointed out that more students fail to complete online courses as well. It seems a pretty mixed bag of students who start these online courses but is good for the ones that do complete them with a better grade on their certificate.
The qualification certificate does not show how it was earned, so prospective employers do not know how the course was completed. Research among a variety of employers showed that they did not mind at all if the course had been completed online, and in fact, some saw it as a bonus that the student has been disciplined enough to complete their studies in this way.
Other Students And Tutors Can Be Contacted
There is no doubt that technology has played a large role in online education, as now students and tutors can all get together on the Internet to discuss issues with each other, and to help each other along. Many online students make friends from their programs, just as if they were attending a college or university.
Online education will continue to grow for several reasons. As well as the advantages for students, there are clear reasons why they are good for educational institutions as well. They can use smaller buildings, so they are less costly to run, and this, in turn, should help to reduce the fees they charge students. The lower their fees are the more students they will have, and some are saying it is a real possibility that one day, all education will be online.