A fully accredited degree – An online course offers a degree with the same quality as those studied for on campus. Employers are constantly looking for people with drive, motivation and tenacity, and studying online around other commitments shows you have these skills. In a survey done by online institution Excelsior College and Zogby International, 83 percent of executives in the survey say that an online degree is as credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program.
Positive learning outcomes – An online course will often have the same learning outcomes as its on-ground offering. Many students discover that this flexible study format allows them to learn a new topic, using online techniques such as discussions forums, animations, and blogs.
Flexibility makes studying easier – Online courses offer the same rigour as traditional degree courses. The way in which an online course is “easier” is in terms of flexibility. Online courses make it easier to continue with the life you already lead as you learn your commitments. Online degree programmes are designed to help students with busy lives earn a qualification that can help to enhance their career.
You’ll feel supported – Many online courses offer students the chance to connect with other people on their course through forums and private social media groups. The lessons may also be delivered in small groups where you can all be present at the same time via a virtual classroom. Support with non-academic issues is often provided through a dedicated team, this would be help with finances, managing your time, or support with enrolment.
Study at your own pace – You can study at your own pace at a time that suits you, as you can access course content 24/7 online through a virtual learning environment (VLE). However you’ll still need to complete certain modules within a set timeframe, which provides structure to your studies. This will vary depending on the course provider. You will need to have effective time management skills and create a study timetable for yourself that you can stick to.
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