Online education is an expansive and dynamic style of learning that provides students with the accessibility and flexibility they need to earn a degree of any level in their chosen program. The brick-and-mortar learning format is not for everyone, and online learning provides the professional student with a rigorous learning regimen while allowing them to maintain a demanding schedule, a full-time job, a life.
Many prospective professional-students may be wary of the online learning format. Will my education be of the same quality as the education offered at an established brick-and-mortar university? Will I be able to learn as well in the online format as I would with the face-to-face learning offered at a campus-based university? The fact is, distance learning is more representative of the realities of an increasingly distanced workforce than the lecture halls of a ground school.
The U.S. Department of Education conducted a study in 2009(Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning) in which face-to-face learning, the traditional learning format of a ground school, was compared to online education, or “distance learning.” The findings were monumental in terms of support for online education: not only did online students learn as well as face-to-face students, they often learned and performed better. The rapid growth of online education as a means of earning a degree further supports these findings.
By taking advantage of the technology available right at their fingertips, through the internet, online learners are able to continually advance their career studies, eventually earning the degree that will make them a legitimate player in their chosen career field. With online education, everything you need to achieve your career goals is as close as your computer. Online degree programs strategically personalize and tailor the learning experience to each student’s specific needs. With online education, you have alternatives, you have choices.