The growth and development of technology and the internet has opened up a lot of new opportunities and options to people that were previously unavailable. One of these new developments is online courses. Online courses and education have been growing in ease, convenience and popularity. We have seen many colleges start offering classes online over the last ten or so years and there has been a small but growing number of institutions offering high school courses, too. One, which has gained a lot of attention, is Stanford University Online High School. This school has seen a lot of attention in particular because the famous research university of Stanford has felt comfortable putting their name behind it.
Many have heard mixed reviews about online courses in the news, but they are often not painting an accurate picture. It turns out most students who attend the online courses achieve what they wanted from them. Completion rates may seem low for some, but that's because people are using online courses to sample different topics and see what they like or dislike. If you've been thinking of enrolling yourself or your kids in online courses, consider some of the following benefits to online classes.
You don't have to worry about transporting your kids to and from class. Many classes have a lot of their material online, so you often do not need to buy expensive text books like you had to in the past. Online courses are cheaper on average than regular in person classes.
Most online courses involve prerecorded videos and already have uploaded course work that becomes available after the appropriate date. This means if something important comes up suddenly, you or your child can simply watch the video later that day and do the coursework at their own pace. Traditional courses have a set time you need to be there, and making them up can be very difficult. Doing course work at one's own pace is another major advantage for people. Some are faster learners and some are slower, often an in person class has to strike a balance between the two. This leaves slower learners struggling to keep up and faster learners bored. Online courses let each work at their pace.
Traveling to and from an online class can be time consuming depending on when it is, and how far away it is.
So if you've been wondering whether online courses are worth it then rest assured they most certainly are. Online courses have come a long way thanks to constant improvements in technology and new research on how to conduct the courses.