What is online continuing education? What are the advantages and benefits of online education?
If you only use the net to chat to numerous strangers of the opposite sex - who are all gorgeous and slim of course - then maybe it's time to discover the positive benefits of online education. And no, this process does not require you to reveal the colour of your underwear.
Seriously though, if you have always wanted to improve yourself and secure a promotion or change careers, online education is worth exploring. One of the main benefits of online education is convenience.
If you already have a job, you don't even have to quit to pursue an online course or degree. No rushing around, no traffic jam, no missing the kids' bedtime. No missing classes because you're working overtime or travelling.
In fact, you can pursue an online education in your pyjamas if you so desire. Simply because with online education, also known as distance learning or e-learning, you are not required to visit an actual classroom and listen to an instructor face-to-face.
This "classroom without walls" environment allows you to work on your courses anytime, anywhere in the world with internet access. Students can check in, attend lectures, work on assignments, and turn them in whenever your schedules permit.
All these allow you to study at your own pace. You can even attend classes in increments of convenient time block, rather than a rigid 2 hour stretch for instance.
With online learning, course material is accessible 24/7. You can read and re-read lectures, discussions, analysis and comments.. No more worries about missing a part of a lecture because you're distracted by someone's abs. Or too tired from working late the night before. Or having the misfortune of sitting behind someone with an Afro.
Those who find themselves tongue-tied in a crowd will find that participating online offers a less intimidating environment. Anonymity allows you to be more confident in airing your views and thoughts. You can take longer to think about what you want to say and how to put it into words. Comprehension is also better without having to decipher someone's diction or accent.
Online institutions also offer "chat rooms" for relaxed, informal discussions among students and lecturers.
Lecturers too are more approachable via online chats, email and newsgroup discussions, thereby enhancing contact between lecturers and students.
These are just some of the many benefits of online education. The main advantage is, you can now continue your education, get paper qualifications and earn more money by attending courses that solely takes place virtually. As easy as A-B-C. Well, almost.