Six Reasons to Consider Online Learning

Six Reasons to Consider Online Learning

Mathilde Frot

Updated November 27, 2020 Updated November 27

Sponsored by Curtin University   As much as you might want to physically attend university, it’s not always possible. Whether it’s because of work, health issues or other responsibilities, spending hours every week in lectures and seminars might not be practical.   However, many top universities now offer online learning programs, which are a flexible alternative for those with busy or uncompromising schedules. Studying online means that you'll do the same coursework and assessments as the students studying on-campus, but you'll study where you want, have more flexibility with your time, and may use different technology and methods to complete your work. Here are some of the key benefits to online study.

Studying online requires discipline and commitment employers will love

When you study online, you’re required to prioritise and schedule your learning alongside your other commitments. There are no rigid and mandatory timetables set by the university, and participation is driven by your own motivation. Many recruiters would view an online student’s ability to work independently, take charge of their own education and juggle different responsibilities as a rare advantage for a fresh graduate to have.

You’ll save money on tuition fees and cut the costs of commuting

With rising tuition fees around the world, some people simply cannot afford to pay for university. Online learning can cost a fraction of the price of traditional education and provide you with the flexibility required to earn a living while you study. Higher education pioneers such as Curtin University are offering opportunities to gain a prestigious accredited online degree at a reduced tuition fee, such as the Master of Science (Project Management) and the Master of Education.

You’ll be able to pursue other interests while enrolled in full-time study

Whether you’re looking to travel while you study or start your own business, online education could allow you to do both. If you’re a learner as well as a “doer”, there’s no reason why your your life should take a hiatus while you get your qualifications. To get a sense of the type of schedule an online Curtin University student might have, check out two sample timetables.

Taking your education into your own hands is empowering

Online learning means having to take the initiative. While you’re following the same syllabus as everyone else, you’ll learn on your own terms, in your own time. This level of autonomy clearly works. Research by the US Department of Education has shown that students in online education outperform those in traditional education [.pdf], with online students scoring in the 59th percentile in tests, compared to the average classroom student, who scored in the 50th percentile.

You’ll be well-supported by your virtual teacher and online resources

As an online student, you’ll be supported by an online tutor and a social network of other students to share your experiences and collaborate with on group assignments. You also have access to an interactive platform 24 hours a day, seven days a week, an online library of tests, past exam papers, journals, a social networking platform with other online learning students and teachers experienced in online education.   The ultimate benefit? The degree you take home at the end of the day will be the same degree as classroom students.   Watch a short video about what it’s like to study online at Curtin University.  

This article was originally published in November 2017 . It was last updated in January 2020

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