Benefits of E-Learning

If you are considering going back to school, you should consider the benefits of e-learning, or online courses, as opposed to traditional instructor-led training. With advancements in technology, e-learning has become a respected method of learning that is here to stay. Let's look at the pros and cons of online learning.

Location, Location, Location!

As long as you have a computer with internet access, you can sign on and stay up-to-date with your online courses. Of course, it is best to complete your assignments in a private setting, but you can sign on and take part in discussions and check on your grades while you are sipping your latte at a coffee shop. This is a cliché, but yes, you can take your tests in your pajamas without anyone ever knowing! This also leaves your schedule open. If you are a dedicated student, you can take off on vacation and not have to take a leave from school. Often times, you can submit your assignments early or you could continue with the regular syllabus if you can trust yourself to take time to do work during a vacation.

Time Flexibility

One of the greatest benefits of e-learning is the ability to participate and turn in your assignments around the clock. Yes, these courses still have deadlines, but there is often a time frame of at least 24 hours when you can turn in an assignment. You don't have to take time off from work to show up to class or turn something in.

Save Money

Often, online courses are much more affordable than instructor-led courses. Instructors are not paid as much for these courses because they do not need to show up to class! Typically, they do still have to be available during certain days for online office hours, though. Additionally, you will save money on gas since you don't have to drive to a class several days a week. Another cost saving is in printing costs. All of your assignments are submitted online, so you don't have to spend money printing 30-page papers. You also won't have any projects where you have to buy poster board and markers for presentations.

Communication

E-learning professors are usually easy to contact. They are used to answering questions through email or a discussion board, whereas traditional instructors often have trouble finding time to answer questions that aren't asked directly in person. The trouble is, most professors have very little time before or after class to answer questions, so you have to schedule a time to meet with them, which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule.

E-learning can be an excellent alternative to instructor-led courses, but it will test your personal accountability. You need to sign in, turn in assignments, and talk with the professors. There are no points for just showing up!




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