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Online education may have been a staple for this year, but the way we receive our education has been changing much longer than that. Over the past few years, online learning has steadily grown in popularity. If you want to receive a quality education, all you need is a computer and access to the internet. According to the Babson Survey Research Group, over 30% of higher education students take at least one online course. This doesn’t mean that the rise of online learning will be the fall of traditional schooling—there will always be room for learning in a conventional classroom. However, no one can deny that online learning has its perks, and we’re bound to see more of it as the future unfolds.

 

Why should people get involved in online education beyond those reasons? 

 

1) Flexibility

 

When you’re learning online rather than in a classroom, you have a lot more flexibility for receiving your education. Teachers and students alike are able to set their own pace and set a schedule that fits their own agendas, which allows for a better work-life balance. Online learning also teaches you time management skills and gives both students and teachers a common agenda, giving both parties new responsibilities and more autonomy.

 

2) Programs

 

The internet is a tool with an almost endless amount of knowledge, and learning different skills online has never been easier. Many universities and higher education schools offer online versions of their programs for various fields and levels of education. One student can learn about music composition from the comfort of their home, while another can learn about physics—there are options for every type of student, all without requiring them to step foot onto a college campus.

 

3) Accessibility

 

By opting for online education, you’re able to study or teach from anywhere in the world. You won’t have to worry about commuting to and from school, having to move halfway across the world if you apply for an international school, or needing to follow a rigid schedule. So long as you have access to the internet, you’ll be able to access your education, making it extremely accessible to just about everyone.