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The rise of online education promises new life to academic institutions

Historically speaking, the education sector has proven itself to be greatly successful. Generation after generation of students go through the initial compulsory schooling of their native country. When they graduate high school, they then face the decision of enrolling in higher education, or finding their place by looking for a job right out of high school. For some people, higher education is not a choice to begin with because they either know they want to pursue it, or they know they do not want to pursue it. For those that do want to enrol in higher education though, there is another, more important question to be answered.

It is all well and good to want to learn, but for some people they must consider if other aspects of their life will allow them to give the necessary time to commit to their studies. Students can buy essay material and join tutorial groups to help themselves through the semester, but for some individuals they are not financially, geographically, or mentally prepared to enrol in [at least] a further three years before making their way into the career field of their choosing.

Traditional education puts up these barriers, but thanks to online education, these barriers are being broken down every day and more and more individuals are enrolling in online education, promising new life to the academic sector. There are three reasons that online education has become such a successful avenue, so quickly.

The accountability

Students who enrol in online education inevitably do so with at least a basic understanding that, unlike traditional education, a lot – if not all – of their progression and accomplishment is going to be based solely on how much effort and work they put into their studies themselves. Even in higher education, traditional education methods allow for students to be in the classroom, getting real-time answers to questions. Online education demands students to take active control of their studies – every aspect of them.

The inclusivity

Traditional education allows individuals in opportunistic positions to further advance that position. Students who are of wealthy means, or who live close enough to be able to attend all their classes, are given full access. Students who are not financially or geographically able are often left in the cold when it comes to traditional education. There is an exclusivity. Online learning, however, allows individuals from all over the world the chance to learn if they want to. If there is an internet connection, there is an opportunity. Online education is the inclusive environment that traditional learning has been missing.

The flexibility

When individuals enrol in online education, they can learn when their real life allows for it. While they must obviously commit to their studies as they would if they were enrolled in traditional education, the biggest difference with online learning students is that they do not have to be campus at set times, attend every single lecture and tutorial, and be in a set examination room to pass their courses. Online learning is flexible, allowing students to learn in between their shifts.