These days, you don’t have to have a physical presence in a university to get a degree. E-learning is a burgeoning field of education – and it’s becoming more relevant as the years go by. There is an enormous number of courses available – some run by the top universities in the country. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a closer look at e-learning and online education. Take a look and see if it might suit your needs.
What is e-learning?
E-learning – or distance learning – has come a long way in recent years, thanks to improvements in technology. It is helping more people than ever access continuing education. And, it tends to be a cheaper and more convenient way of learning than full university courses. Students can access their courses from home, and watch videos of lectures. They can also take part in online discussions with lecturers and other students. It’s a great alternative to traditional education for people who have severe time constraints. E-learning is perfect for parents with young kids, for example, or people who need to work to pay the bills.
Are they relevant?
As with all degrees and qualifications, the quality of your degree is all about where you study. Many distance learning degrees are run by top universities, and your qualification will be seen as any other degree. Ourgeeks.com has a guide to studying at Corinthian Colleges, which will explain a little more about what is available. As you will see, you can study almost anything, from history to advanced math. However, you do need to be careful. There are thousands of online degrees available, but not all of them will be accredited. Bogus programs are everywhere, and you have to make sure that your course is approved by the relevant institution.
What are the advantages?
In simple terms, online learning lets you get qualifications at your own pace. You aren’t restricted to the set tutorial and lecture times, and you can work when you want. It’s also worth pointing out that e-learning is often cheaper than going to university full time. In most cases, it will still be an expensive cost, but it is considerably less than attending a college in person. Don’t forget that when you go to university; there are accommodation and travel costs to consider, too.
What are the disadvantages?
E-learning isn’t for everyone. You will miss out on the social aspect of studying at university, for example. You will also have to have a lot of dedication and determination as you will always be working off your own back. Will you have the discipline to plan your week correctly? If not, it might be worth thinking about other ways of learning.
How long will it take?
High-quality e-learning courses will last just as long as a traditional college course. You can study full time or part time, which will eke out your education for a few more years. However, it’s important to contact the institution t make sure you know where you stand.
We hope you have enjoyed this introductory guide to e-learning – and good luck with your studies!