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Online courses are on the increase with 6.7 million people currently undertaking online studying in some capacity. This number is projected to rise at a phenomenal rate, with a predicted 25 million students taking at least one online course in 2015.

The popularity of online courses has risen largely due to the MOOC (massive open online course), which is a short online university course that is often free of charge. The courses have no limit to the amount of people able to enroll and technically anyone in the world can study these as long as they have internet connection. The courses offer a taster into what it would be like to study a new discipline before you commit to a full award. Moocs have the potential to raise the possibility of future study and give you an insight into higher education.

There are literally tens of thousands of courses now available online, from coding to filmmaking. From courses a few weeks long, to full online degrees that may take a number of years to complete, there are many online study options you could consider. So whether you want to upskill to help enhance your career, study for fun, learn a new hobby, or just keep your mind active, online learning provides you with the opportunity to do this, without drastically altering the life you lead by attending on the ground lectures.

Technological advancements including WIFI and greater broadband widths have now made it a possibility for millions of people to access education that potentially couldn’t have done so, whether this is because of their location or commitments. The availability of WIFI in public places such as trains and coaches has made studying a lot more flexible, as you can even study on your commute to and from work or on your lunch break in a coffee shop.

At Coventry University College we’re embracing online degrees. We offer 100% online degrees in Management and Professional Accounting and Management and Leadership. These courses are fully accredited from Coventry University and offer individuals the chance to earn a valid degree recognised by employers.

Perhaps in the future you’ll be completing an online course. Or perhaps you’re currently learning online? Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below!

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