Online learning has broken the barriers of geography and the constraints of traditional classroom teaching. The proliferation of the Internet and web-based digital technologies has led to an increased acceptance for online learning. Senior citizens, working professionals, young students, stay-at-home mothers and others seek varied online learning courses and degrees offered by reputed universities, colleges and even trade and technical institutes. There are many advantages of online learning.
Most courses offered by universities, colleges, training institutes and vocational trade schools offer a mix of self-paced schedules and more weekend online lectures, facilitating convenient studying schedules for students and professionals.
Anywhere, Anytime Learning
Online learning can be done in remote locations, from offices or homes as long as you have access to a computer and broadband Internet connectivity.
Collaborative Learning Environment
New-age technologies, such as Second Life; social media networking tools and applications; and online networks and bulletin boards have created the near interactive and collaborative learning environment of traditional classrooms.
Taking courses and degrees online does away with the need to travel regularly to universities and college campuses in far-off locations and different states.
Value-Add to Career
The advent of online learning has enabled mid-career professionals, workers with high-school diplomas and others to get additional degrees and certifications to enhance career prospects.
Based out of the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Pallab Dutta has written on business, technology and management issues since 1994. He has freelanced for “The Wall Street Journal," “The Economic Times” and “The Times of India." Dutta holds a Bachelor of Science in economics from Bombay University and a Diploma in modern information systems from IIT Bombay.