If you have been accustomed to the traditional classroom setting, then you might be wondering, how does studying online work? Or Does it even work?
It might be mind-boggling for starters, but online education has been booming in Australia for the past few years.
A massive rise in online courses offered by various RTOs and universities has been observed throughout Australia.
According to australia.edu, in a survey that includes 23 Australian universities, 207 courses from the said universities are offered via online learning. 65 of those courses (31%), are taught exclusively online.
For RTOs, there are at least 5000 Registered Training Organisations across Australia. This is according to the Australian Skills Quality Authority — the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.
RTOs specialise in delivering courses in various delivery methods, and one of the most in-demand delivery methods of today? — Online Delivery.
What makes it so popular and effective? Know the perks and advantages of studying your course online:
1. Flexible Study Hours
One of the main aspects of online education is having time at your side. Online courses will usually let you finish everything up to a certain period, depending on the course requirements.
It’s up to you if you can finish everything sooner. If you have lots to do and have to juggle your study hours, then it’s totally fine. Take your time. But not too much time. You don’t want to rush everything in the end. Which brings the next point up…
2. Learn Self-Discipline and Being Responsible
Studying online requires more self-motivation and better time-management skills. You will be spending heaps of hours studying alone with no one physically there to guide or watch you.
This is not to say that online courses are only for those who are capable of studying alone. It’s certainly a plus if you’re capable. If not, then this is the perfect opportunity to train yourself to be more responsible and disciplined while taking a course you like doing.
It’s a win-win for you in the long run. You can always apply this in your future jobs — a trait that will make you stand out in your workplace.
3. Lower Course Fees
As compared to traditional classroom setups, studying online generally costs lower.
This is because when you pay for your online fees, you don’t have to pay for physical copies of learning materials (materials are usually available for download online) and classroom fees.
Plus you get to save the money you spend on transportation and spend it somewhere else.
If you’re on a budget but don’t want to compromise quality education, consider taking online courses!
Most competent RTOs offer nationally accredited and recognised courses, so you don’t have to worry about training competency and the level of education you will be receiving for less the price.
4. More Opportunities to Pursue Your Career and Hobbies
As mentioned earlier, time is on your side when taking an online course. With this, you have the opportunity to do more of what you love while studying your course.
May it be a hobby that you find joy and peace, or a career opportunity.
Studying online lets you do more, as long as you know how to manage your schedule well enough to do everything efficiently and within your course duration.
5. A Variety of Courses to Choose From
There are heaps of online courses available via RTOs and universities across Australia. If you’re looking to become either a hairdresser, an accountant, a teacher’s aide, a disability carer, or a fitness trainer, then there’s an online course that would cater to your certification!
Find the best training provider that suits everything you’re looking for, and you’re all good to go!
6. Review Your Learning Materials Anytime
Whether it’s late at night or the first thing in the morning, you’ll be able to review all your learning materials with one click.
All information you need is located in a centralised web site or a Learning Management System provided by your chosen training institute. Access to video clips, presentations, and pdf handbooks is easily acquired with little to no supervision.
It’s so much easier to keep going back on something you haven’t fully understood yet. If you’re on a website or an excel/pdf document, just use the “find” function to quickly spot the relevant points you need to get back on. Simple and easy, right?
Also, if you ever need human assistance, support from your trainer/s is just one email away.
7. Get to Talk More
Online classes will require you to talk. A lot. And this will be good for you in terms of developing your interpersonal skills — something that may come in handy when you start applying for jobs.
You will be exposed to expressing your thoughts and coming up with good and engaging conversations throughout your online experience. You’re learning and experiencing all of this while learning the course of your choice. Again, a win-win for you and definitely worth every buck.
While these 7 benefits are the top advantages you can definitely look forward to when studying an online course, there’s still heaps more!
Pursue the course you love doing and would want to start a career on, and you’ll be able to experience more benefits than the ones listed above.
Have you experienced other benefits aside from the 7 that we provided? Or do you have a unique online experience that you want to share? Let us know about it in the comments section below!
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