Due to ever-changing technology and consumer demand online education has become more and more popular over the years. Technology allows students to have access to their coursework, professors, and peers at anytime during the day. As long as someone has internet access and a computer they can take an online course. There are many types of online education. Colleges and Universities are the forefront of course. But many industries require their professionals to complete continuing education as well. There are many advantages to taking online classes as opposed to attending class in a lecture setting. Online courses are more flexible, typically less expensive,
and less hassle then going to a classroom setting. Most online courses are at your own pace with no specific log in times. This is very important for working professionals. They want to log in and out at their leisure. Or, if they need to do their assignments in the middle of the night they are able to do so. Since there is little overhead when offering online classes, they are usually less expensive. The great thing is, the content of the courses do not change. So the student learns the same information at a cheaper price. But, one of the biggest benefits of learning online is less hassle. You do not have to drive anywhere. You do not have to worry about parking and walking to the class. And finally, you do not have to worry about not having a seat in the classroom!
In many online classes you can expect to do the same type of assignments as if you were sitting in a lecture hall listening to a professor. If you were attending class you would expect case studies, papers, quizzes and group work. This is very much the same in online courses. The major difference is discussion board postings as apposed to class discussions. Discussion board postings are like blogs to which students can communicate with each other online. These are very beneficial for group work and networking. Many students who have taken online courses claim they communicate more with their group members and the professors than they did in a classroom setting. Another difference is how you submit your assignments. In an online course the assignments are all attached to an email and sent to the professor. This is pretty easy with technology what it is these days. As you can see, online courses benefit everyone and will be around for a very long time in the future.