Online learning has given education a new dimension. It provides people from all over the world a chance to develop valuable skills and gain formal qualifications in a wide range of subject areas.
While online learning isn’t the solution for everyone, it does have certain benefits that make it ideal for many.
Study from anywhere
With no need to attend classes in person, it’s possible to study from anywhere in the world – all it takes is a computer and reliable internet connection.
First and foremost, this means you don’t need to be near the university, so if you live at the other end of the UK – or in another country altogether – you can still access its resources, including course materials and expert lecturers.
It also provides extra flexibility to study in a range of environments, depending on where your busy week takes you. If a last-minute client meeting pulls you away from home for a few days, for instance, you’re still able to continue studying.
Starting a new university course is a big decision to make, regardless of which one you choose. By studying online, however, you’re able to minimise the impact you have on your life at present.
Not only will it be easier to keep up with family and social commitments, you’ll also be able to continue working, so you can continue earning to ensure bills are paid and life is no less comfortable financially.
What’s more, if you’re already working in an industry or role that is relevant to your course, your professional and academic activities will likely complement one another. Things you learn from the course can be applied to your job immediately.
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Take a cost-efficient approach
As well as enabling students to continue earning, studying remotely can also be a lot more cost-efficient than traditional on-site learning, for a number of reasons.
As you’re able to work from the comfort of your own home, there’s no need to move or pay for secondary accommodation during your course. As well as being with your friends and family, you’ll save a considerable amount of money. Ideal if the cost of furthering your education has held you back in the past.
It’s not just paying for somewhere to live, either – you’ll also save here and there on things like transport and meals.
Online courses are taken by people all across the world, which means they’re great for international networking.
Every time you log in to attend a lecture or write on the message boards, you’ll come into contact with people from all kinds of backgrounds: different nationalities, career paths, skills and experience. The relationships you build with these people – both fellow students and academics - can be truly valuable while studying and later on in life.
You get to learn from a range of international perspectives too. Knowing more about how the business world works in other countries and continents will only add to the knowledge you develop in class, and make you more effective in your professional life.
Keep it credible
Today’s online courses are more credible than ever, which is why an increasing number of people are choosing distance learning over the traditional on-campus approach.
Take the University of Birmingham’s Online MBA, for example – it recently became the first 100% online MBA to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This means you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality learning experience while also benefiting from maximum flexibility – it truly is the best of both worlds.
Find out more
These are just some of the main benefits of online learning – there are plenty more to consider before you make your decision. You can find out more on our dedicated Distance Learning pages.
The University of Birmingham offers a range of online degrees. If you are interested in returning to study via distance learning, please click here for more information.