There are many reasons a growing number of students are enrolling in online college degree programs. Over 4 million students are enrolled in online universities and schools (and that number is growing 30 percent per year. While brick and mortar institutions will never be eliminating, it is easy to see why a growing number of people are attending class in the cyber world. They might be reasons of accessibility, quality or flexibility, all compelling and contributing to the attractiveness of this mode of learning.
1. Students can attend a class at anytime, from anywhere. This means that parents can attend to their children, after that sit down to class; working students can attend classes despite what their work schedule may be, folks that travel for business or pleasure can attend class from anywhere that has internet access.
2. Online learning enables student's teaching approaches. Every student has his own way of learning that works best for him. Some learn visually others do improve when they learn by doing.
3. Course material is easy to get to every time or 24 hours. Students have the capability to read and attend lectures, discussions, explanations and comments. Frequently spoken material in classroom passes students by as of a number of distractions, missed classes, tiredness or boredom.
4. Over 75 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. offer online degree programs, with online degrees called as "on the ground" degrees.
5. Online experts come with practical knowledge and could be from any location across the globe. This allows students to be exposed to knowledge that cannot be learned in books and see how class concepts are applied in real business situations.
6. Using the internet to attend class, research information and communication with other students teaches skills in using technologies that would be critical to workers in the 21st century business community that works with colleagues worldwide and across time zones.
7. Participating online is much less unapproachable than in classroom. Anonymity provides students the 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 whereas ready. In a standard class room, conversation might have gone way past the point where student wants to comment.
8. Since online institutions often offer chat rooms for informal conversation between students, where student non class discussions can take place, there appears to be an increased bonding and companionship over traditional class environments.
9. The online environment makes tutors more approachable. Students can talk openly with their experts through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions, without waiting for office hours that might not be convenient. This option for communication provides better contact between teachers and students.
10. Online course development allows for a broad range of content. Students can access school's library from their computers for research articles, ebook content and other material without worries that the material is already checked out.
11. Students time and again feel that they can actually listen to the comments made by other students. Since everyone gets a chance to contribute, students are not as much of irritated with those that over contribute and can ask for explanation of any comments that are unclear.
12. In an online environment, attendance to class is only evident if the student in fact participates in classroom discussion. This increases student interaction and diversity of opinion.
13. Online classrooms also make possible team learning by providing chatrooms and newsgroups for meetings and joint work. This eliminates problems of mismatched schedules, finding a meeting location and distributes work for review between meetings.
14. Students frequently comment that online learning lets them attend class while fully awake and attend in increments of convenient time block, before rigid 2 or 4 hour stretches once or twice a week.
15. Since there are no geographic barriers to online learning, students can find diversity of course material that cannot be available to them where they live or work. This is particularly true for professional training for example medical billing training or purchasing training and for students in remote rural areas that cannot support professional or college training centers.