Benefits of Online Classes!
1. Students can “attend” a course at anytime, from anywhere. This means that parents can tend to their children, then sit down to class; working students can attend classes no matter what their work schedule might be; missionaries can attend a class from anywhere in the world and teach his students; those that travel for business or pleasure can attend class from anywhere that has internet access.
2. Online learning enables student-centered teaching techniques. These techniques are used to fit every student’s individual learning style. We are able to match our student’s approach with a variety of learning ways that suits them best.
3. Course material is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students have the ability to read and reread lectures, discussions, explanations and comments. Often spoken material in the classroom passes students by due to a number of distractions, missed classes, tiredness or boredom.
4. In an online environment, attendance to class is clearly evident if the student actually participates in classroom discussion, which is made possible with our communicative online classrooms. This increases student interaction and the diversity of opinion, because everyone gets a say, not just the most talkative.
5. In virtual classes, online instructors come with practical knowledge/experience and may be from any location across the globe. This allows students to be exposed to knowledge that can’t be learned in books, also letting them see how class concepts are applied in any situations.
6. Using the internet to attend class, researching information and communicating with other students teaches skills in using techniques that will be critical to workers in the 21st century business communities that work with colleagues globally and across time zones.
7. Participating online is much less intimidating than “in the classroom.” Anonymity provides students a level playing field undisturbed by bias caused by seating arrangement, gender, race and age. Students can also think longer about what they want to say and add their comments when ready. In a traditional class room, the conversation may easily slip past the point where the student wanted to comment.
8. Because online institutions often offer “chat rooms” for informal conversation between students, where student bios and non-class oriented discussions can take place, there appears to be an increased bonding and camaraderie because the traditional classroom walls and barriers are removed
9. The online environment makes instructors more approachable. Students can talk openly with their teachers through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions, without waiting for office hours that may not be convenient. This option for communication provides enhanced contact between instructors and students.
10. Online course development allows for a broad spectrum of content. Students can access the college’s library from their PC’s for research articles, ebook content and other material without worries that the material may be already “checked out.”
11. Students often feel that they can actually listen to the comments made by other students. Because everyone gets a chance to contribute, students are less irritated with those that “over contribute” and can ask for clarification of any comments that are unclear.
12. Over 75% of colleges and universities in the U.S. offer online degree programs, with online degrees as respected as “on the ground” degrees.
13. Online classrooms also facilitate team learning by providing chat rooms and newsgroups for meetings and joint work. This eliminates the problems of mismatched schedules, finding a meeting location and distributing work for review between meetings.
14. Students often comment that online learning lets them attend class when fully awake and attend in increments of convenient time block, rather than rigid 2 or 4 hour stretches once or twice a week.
15. Because there are no geographic barriers to online learning, students can find diversities of course material that may not be available to them where they live or work. This is especially true for ministry education and training in hostile countries or remote rural areas that cannot support college or vocational training centers.
While “brick and mortar” institutions will never be eliminated, it’s easy to see why a growing number of people are attending class in the cyber world. They may be reasons of accessibility, flexibility or quality, all compelling and contributing to the attractiveness of this mode of learning.