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Online Education: Why Pursue Your Learning from Home?

There are more options than ever for online learning, but that isn’t the only reason you should consider an online education. Online education may very well be the future of education. In fact, studies show that even in 2013 that nearly 6.7 million postsecondary students were currently enrolled in at least one online course. So, why should you pursue an online education? Here are just a few reasons why online learning is one of the best routes to take.

Flexible Scheduling

Traditional educational programming requires students to be in a specific class at a designated time that may not be conducive to other pursuits, like maintaining a job while going to school. Online learning, however, makes courses available at any time in most cases. So, these classes are designed to fit any schedule.

Easy Access

Online learning options provide resources – course material, lectures, discussions, comment boards, and more – that are also available at any time. Traditional classrooms require students to be in class or otherwise miss out on valuable information and resources.

Diverse Options

The range of course and degree options available online is also expanding exponentially. Students can select from a wide variety of career paths, including an online library science degree. These options are highly rewarding and encourage students to pursue career paths that are not always easily accessible in the traditional learning setting. In particular, a library science degree involves preparation in management, information technology, education, and other areas to ready students to work in records management and other fields. In many cases, online colleges offer program options that are not yet available through public and private institutions, such as the innovative library science degree program.

Cost Savings

Another huge benefit of online learning options is the cost savings that is often associated with this type of learning. Not having to physically attend class can eliminate common expenses, such as transportation, on-campus housing, and even babysitting. Additionally, many online courses do not require physical textbooks, which is another great money-saving benefit of online school.

Student Engagement

Many students find online courses less intimidating than traditional learning settings, so they are more likely to get actively involved in discussion and other forums. Because intimidation is less of a factor, student engagement is higher and more diverse ideas are shared.

Online learning options have already vastly expanded, and it’s likely that this style of learning will only continue to grow. Proponents of online learning are finding new ways to eradicate the perceived shortcomings of online learning, making it a more and more viable option. And, as technology only continues to develop, we’ll likely only see the trend toward online learning only continue to expand.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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