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Working Adults: Take Advantage of Flexible Learning Options

Posted By Staff Writer on October 31, 2012

The Advantages of Studying Online

For many adults, studying online is the perfect way to pursue their education while holding down a full-time job or raising children. Online accelerated degree programs allow adults to study from the comfort of their own homes. Instead of commuting to a brick-and-mortar school every week, students complete coursework online. Work can be completed at any time of the day so long as all individual course deadlines are met. Studying online is especially popular among students who wish to go back to school but can't pick up their lives and move to a new town. There's no need to worry about living in a dorm, scheduling classes around your work schedule or finding childcare when studying online. Thanks to the growing popularity of online-based education, students get to take advantage of technological platforms and programs.

What Types of Degrees Can Students Earn Online?

Students who wish to enter a distance learning program from Independence University can choose from a wide variety of study areas.  Healthcare programs include respiratory therapy, nursing and healthcare management. Degrees in business and business administration are also very popular. Many students study for a master's degree in business administration as many employers expect management employees to hold advanced degrees. Students can earn associate, bachelor and master degrees online in less time than such degrees can be earned in a traditional classroom setting. In fact, depending on the degree, some of Independence University's programs can be completed in as few as 16 months. These accelerated programs allow students to gain valuable training in a reasonable amount of time. Students don't have to complete a residence or travel to a campus in order to earn a degree.

How is Learning Online Different from Learning in A Classroom?

Many students want to pursue online learning programs but are concerned that these programs won't offer the same level of education as is offered in traditional classrooms. While each student learns differently, academic experts agree that there is nothing wrong with online programs. Students learn just as much in an online program as they would in a brick-and-mortar school and, in many cases, online students outperform students in traditional classroom settings. Some students even feel that they are better able to learn online because they have plenty of time to review course materials and lecture notes. As in traditional classrooms, students in online classes learn largely through collaboration. Open forums allow students to discuss their ideas and provide feedback to one another. Student-to-student collaboration is encouraged and fostered in the online environment. Distance learning programs are ideal for many students.

Author Bio Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for Independence University, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.