Posted 7/2/14 by Miles Young in Lifestyle

How Online Colleges are Reshaping Our World

When considering education, it’s advisable to take a closer look at online colleges. These schools have completely changed how we look at education and how people are able to earn their degrees. From ease of use to offering better availability, online colleges are a great option for many working adults. In fact, people who would not have been able to get a degree previously are now able to go back to school to complete their education or to earn a second degree.

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Pursue New Degrees

There’s a variety of degrees available for those taking online classes. From online accounting degrees to education studies degrees, classes that were once available only on a physical campus are now options for those who want to get their education online. As online degrees continue to become more and more popular, the number and variety of degrees available will continue to expand. It wouldn’t be surprising to one day see most (if not all) degrees available to students through online programs.

Take Classes Anywhere

One of the biggest benefits of getting an online degree is that you can pursue your degree anywhere. You are no longer limited to physical location. Instead, you can take online classes from anywhere in the world. This access opens up completely new opportunities. Many people who live in rural areas or far from a college location in the past would forego even trying to get a degree. Today, however, they are able to further their education and follow their dreams, no matter how far they are from a campus.

Work Around Your Schedule

In addition to those who don’t live near a campus, in years past, those who were already in the job force, in the military, or had children found it difficult to pursue a bachelor’s degree. However, because of the way that online education is set up, students are able to access their classes when they have the time. This flexibility means that those who already have full schedules can still further their education.

As people are able to further educate themselves, they are also able to potentially further their careers. In fact, many who may have felt stuck in their jobs previously are able to now take a step to prepare for a better future for themselves in new companies or through promotions at the companies for which they work. Being able to take classes when it works for you is a great way to further your education.

Lower Tuition Rates

Going to college is not cheap, and for many people it is actually cost-prohibitive. However, online colleges are frequently able to offer a lower tuition cost. This affordability allows more people who would not have been able to go to school to get an education they want and need.

There are a number of reasons that tuition costs are lower for online education. One of the reasons is because the school sees a lower overhead. Since the students are not in the classroom, they are not using valuable resources to support a variety of physical locations. Teachers don’t need to support as many classes, as they can record their class and post it online for the students. These are just two examples that help bring down costs for the school and results in lower tuition.

Greater Communication

As more people are taking online classes, they’re learning better communication skills. All students need to be able to interact with other students and teachers, but when taking online classes the communication style is different than in a physical classroom so more people are learning to communicate well online. This digital forum helps teach better online etiquette and overall writing skills. These communication skills will help students in their future careers and in their lives, overall.

There are many ways that online education is changing the world. With so many people now being able to further their education, it’s not surprising that many are taking the chance offered. Since the process of getting an online education is easier and more available to many, it’s not surprising that it’s gaining ground.


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Miles Young is a freelance writer with a passion for sports, music, and pop culture. When he's not working on his latest feature story, he's out walking his dog or catching up on Game of Thrones.