The Advantages of Online Learning for the Workplace
March 16, 2015
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The advantages of online learning are many, but this system perhaps benefits none so much as businesses and the general economy. Obtaining a degree online is often summarized as being convenient, affordable and accommodating, but few have delved into the advantages for small businesses and the working economy.
Student and Business Benefits
Students often consider obtaining or finishing their degrees online because doing so lets them work at their own pace. As such, many students can work as an interns or junior-level employees while simultaneously taking courses online. This way, they gain valuable knowledge and experience in a dual role. In this scenario, students can work toward earning their degrees while gaining hands-on, workplace experience, and in some cases, they can earn an income at the same time.
Online learning can be incredibly beneficial for businesses, too. They can hire inexpensive interns or junior-level employees who are in training, and then turn them into productive subject-matter experts from whom the company can benefit later on. Businesses can also save money by hiring interns and entry-level employees, since they cost less in terms of salaries and benefits, and can earn tax credits for these new hires and training programs.
Online Learning Revolution
With the advent of technological advances, the workforce is shifting. As a result, the nature of education is undergoing an intense transformation. This shift is characterized by an online delivery system — one of the advantages of online learning — in which students can obtain valuable degrees via an Internet connection, outside the classroom and often while they work part-time or full-time jobs.
According to BusinessBecause, "the Web has enabled underrepresented groups around the world such as women, youth, the disabled and citizens in rural communities to gain quality education."
Indeed, online degree programs are no longer a luxury of the rich, since technology is becoming cheaper and access to the Internet is becoming more widely available. In fact, the United Nations estimates that in 2014, 77 countries provided at least 50 percent of their population with Internet access — up from 70 countries the year before.
Regardless of whether students can find their way into a job or internship while they obtain their degrees online, the advantages of online learning are invaluable. With constant advances in affordability, accessibility, convenience and online digital resources, universities are thrusting the online learning industry forward and up to new heights.
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