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by Monmohan 10 months ago in courses
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How did online courses become so popular?

Once upon a time, the easiest way to learn and grow was to endure exhausting lectures from former professors, including professors who didn't really have enough knowledge of the actual subject he was trying to tackle. understand the students. It not only killed our precious time but also killed our motivation to explore, drains our energy, and makes us feel tired. At this point, it was also quite difficult to find new skills that were not in the curriculum.

Let us now take a look at our present time. Things have really changed a lot. A miracle happened. Life-saving Internet technology has arrived. As the number of internet users is increasing day by day, more and more people are connecting to the web for their learning needs. The real blessing of the web is that as long as we have a computer, laptop, or mobile, we will get quality education anytime, anywhere.

The most recent survey by the Babson Survey Research Group, which indicates that "more than 30 percent of higher education students in the United States have taken at least one course online" becomes clear on the trending popularity of courses. Not only has the trend of taking online courses started due to the global pandemic situation, but this trend has been going on for some time now.

Online courses are common because they provide a versatile and adaptable approach to mastering new skills and gaining important information. This is best done by sharpening our skills. And it doesn't matter whether you're an adult or a teenager, access to online learning is better for everyone.

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Now let's take a look at several of the main reasons for the recent popularity of online courses

1. Online courses are so flexible:

Online distance learning courses are much more flexible than a regular classroom. As long as you have a stable Wi-Fi or network connection, you'll take high-quality lessons from anywhere. There isn't even a single rule on the code. Plus, most online courses are recorded, so you can review them as often as you want. Online study also teaches us important time management skills. So it is very clear that online courses provide us an easy learning environment.

2. Online Courses Are Cheap:

Online courses are much cheaper than on-campus courses. Then, you don't have to take a bus or train. Even in most cases, you don't need to pay a lot to buy books, as most online courses offer open-source resources. In addition, some online courses are absolutely free. Universities like MIT and IITs offer free and open courses on YouTube.

3. Online courses offer a good selection of products:

In a vast and pervasive space like the Internet, there are limitless possibilities and topics for instructing and learning. Online courses are versatile. From engineering to business management, there are a plethora of online courses for almost all types of students. Some accredited online courses even offer a certificate, diploma, or perhaps a degree in politics without having to physically establish a foothold on campus.

4. Availability of Resources:

For a specific topic, there are many resources available online these days. If the content of an online course does not match your learning style and learning goals, you can easily switch to another online platform. You don't need to compromise on your learning goals. Many courses are offered by top universities and instructors around the world.

5. Stimulation Options:

The first one is asynchronous courses. These type of courses does not hold scheduled meetings. These courses are basically prerecorded video lectures from the instructors. Popular distance learning platforms like Coursera, Edx, and Udemy are the best example of it. Students complete their homework at convenient times but must still meet assignment deadlines.

The second one is synchronous courses. It's just like on-campus courses but the medium is online. It maintains a set meeting time where professors and instructors teach on Zoom, Microsoft Meet, or other video conferencing platforms.

And lastly, the third one is accelerated courses. It refers to courses that last fewer than 4 months. These types of clash courses are helpful to quickly learn new skills.

"eLearning shouldn’t be a casual joy ride on a Sunday afternoon with the cruise control engaged. The sole purpose of eLearning is to teach”.

Christopher Palm

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6. Quality of pedagogy:

Students are becoming more inclined towards online courses because most of the online course platforms are enriched with quality instructors and quality content. Free platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera have set a high standard of online education that people are drawn to. Some renowned platforms offer certificates so that candidates can validate their skills. As a result, people are becoming more and more interested in online courses.

7. Community and Network-Building:

As you surf through the internet, you will find millions of people who want to learn the same topic as you do. So most of the online course platforms include forums and communities to make the online content easier for individuals and find answers together. Often instructors and professors also take time to answer some important questions on the forums and it enhances the learning environment. Some online platform like Coursera has peer graded assignment which allows to check and grade other participant’s assignment.

8. Feedback is faster and more frequent:

It is hard to believe but it’s basically true that online learners have more interactions with teachers than traditional classroom learners. Online learners have to complete more frequent assignments and Homeworks than offline learners. In this system, not only extroverts but also introverts directly ask teachers about their specific course-related problems or ask questions in forums and communities.

9. Improving technical skills:

Online learning can help students hone the technical skills they will need on the job. New skills can include the ability to use new software suites, conduct in-depth online research, and communicate effectively online in a variety of formats such as discussion boards and teleconferencing. Employers also need these capabilities as more and more jobs to require workers to work remotely. Students can also update their resumes with new skills and address them during a work interview.

10. Career Advancement:

Nontraditional students enjoy two major advantages of online courses in terms of career development. To begin, a diploma or degree will qualify an employee for a pay increase. Second, some businesses only hire people with a bachelor's or master's degree for managerial positions. Earning a degree will lead to a promotion and perhaps higher pay.

It’s also best for students who are interested in part-time jobs. Students can do jobs during the daytime and complete coursework and assignments in the nighttime or on the weekends. As a result, learners can continue working while they study.


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