Why Online Works—Especially for Working Adults
Recently, the Sloan Consortium, a group committed to quality online education, released the results of its online education 2010 survey.

Why does this matter to you? Well, for those of you who aren’t sure about the value and/or quality of online learning, it may make your decision to enter an online program a little easier.

The report, which was released in November 2010 and is titled Class Differences: Online Education in the United States, reveals the following:  

-- Sixty-six percent of academic leaders rated the learning outcomes in online courses as the same or superior to those in face-to-face courses.

-- Over 5.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2009 term, which was an increase of nearly 1 million students from just one year before.

These two items alone make for a very compelling argument in favor of online learning and the fact that students and faculty are accepting online courses as viable options. Even so, these aren’t the most compelling reasons you should consider signing up for an online program.

In addition to being of equal or greater instructional quality, online courses also provide the following benefits:

-- They take the pressure off of having to be in a traditional classroom; instead, you can study in the privacy of your home or wherever you are most comfortable. If you have trouble responding to questions in the classroom or you deal with test anxiety, learning online allows you to answer questions and take exams via computer rather than face-to-face. Some learners find this quite helpful, especially early on in their program, until they build up their confidence. NOTE: Research studies have shown that responses to study questions submitted online are often of a higher quality than those provided in a more traditional, face-to-face dialog.

-- They allow you to study at the time of day or on the days that fit you best. As long as you get your work turned in on time, when you complete the work is up to you.

-- They provide access to resources that can be viewed or completed repeatedly. This is especially helpful if you have been out of school for a while and want to ramp up your study skills by putting in some extra time and effort.

-- They increase your ability to use technology in a meaningful manner. This could turn out to be a professional benefit in the long run as online courses utilize many software packages that are also common in the workplace.

I could continue with this list, but I think you get the point. Stop putting off what could be the most important decision you’ve made in a long time. Call The College Network (1.800.395.1014) and let us help you get started completing your degree online.

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