The benefits of earning a college degree online go far beyond convenience. Students often discover that in addition to the flexibility online learning affords, classes delivered online may be more conducive to their personal learning style. Other advantages of learning online include the versatility of studying anywhere with an Internet connection and the option to avoid commuting into a classroom. But there are less obvious benefits students should consider.
Online classrooms provide alternative ways for students to learn course concepts, such as gamification, interactive videos and written materials, and recorded lectures. As online learning continues to evolve, students will be presented with even more options -- through virtual and augmented reality -- giving them more choices and creating a richer, more immersive learning experience.
Discussion forums give students the unique chance to discover the viewpoints of each of their classmates as well as the opportunity to share their own thoughts and ideas. Some students are more comfortable communicating with their peers in an online format than they are raising their hand in an in-person classroom.
Students may also find it easier to connect with their professors and peers via email, Skype, or online forums and chat rooms. With online programs, students can additionally network with individuals beyond their geographic area and field of study, a valuable networking opportunity that may help with job prospects post-graduation.
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