Gone are the days when online college is only for working adults or parents of young children. Recent high school graduates are also opting to register for and complete their undergraduate and/or graduate courses online. Research studies on distance learning and its effectiveness have been conducted for years. In fact, Inside Higher Ed reports in its June 29, 2009 “The Evidence on Online Education” article that from 1996 through 2008, more than 1,000 studies have been conducted on the learning method.
Benefits and advantages associated with taking distance learning courses at an online college include:
Additionally, most colleges and universities allow you to combine online classes with face-to-face classes. These combined courses are often referred to as blended college courses. For example, if you take a course that requires you to complete clinical studies or lots of laboratory projects, you could opt to take these courses in a classroom setting, while you take courses that require heavy amounts of reading and writing from the comforts of your home.
Whether you’re a working parent or a recent high school graduate, attending an online college may offer you the flexibility that you’re looking for. After all, you can log into online college systems, attend virtual discussions with your professors and classmates and complete classroom projects and assignments on days and times that best suit your personal schedule. Thanks to the Internet and online libraries, you can also complete research work during your lunch break, before you leave for college internship jobs or after you put your children to bed.