With universities and independent colleges constantly increasing their online portfolio of courses, e-learning is a reality that is becoming easier and more accessible every day.
Johannesburg-based Renaldo Bosch, who now is a Senior Business Analyst at Sasol Oil, saw his career develop very quickly after completing his postgraduate degree online via InterActive. “I see lifelong learning as a very important trait to enhance my capabilities and keep me at the forefront of my profession. The online program has given me solid theoretical grounding to information, marketing, operational, organisation and managerial themes”.
If you are still sceptical about distance education and think that e-learning is a buzzword that will soon be forgotten, we have listed below the reasons why you should seriously consider it as an option for your next degree.
1. Set your own timetable
One of the main problems when it comes to furthering your education it’s the lack of time. Let’s face it, our lives are so busy, and more and more people are finding that there are just not enough hours in the day. Through an online course you can set your own timetable – study when it suits you, and enrol in classes around your own schedule.
With constantly evolving technology, online education becomes more accessible and yet more comprehensive. Online education providers understand that interactivity is a vital element in the education process; therefore the majority of them provide tools and features to take online studies to another level. For example, distance learning provider InterActive Pro partners with institutions such as the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and Finance Business Training (FBT) to offer a range of programmes and blend their online courses with campus education.
InterActive has also opened up local iHubs in key locations to provide the solution for students who require the flexibility of online study but need the motivation that comes with face-to-face academic support. This co-working space also functions as meeting point for likeminded students to build their professional networks through events including community meet-ups, workshops and talks from local and international guest speaker.
3. Learning without borders
With online education you no longer have to be fixed to one location. Today’s e-learning platforms are flexible enough to be accessible at anytime from anywhere in the world and on any device (including tablets and mobile devices), giving student the total control of their study schedule.
4. Interact with students and tutors
Interacting with fellow students and tutors is an important part of your studies,
A good online course will provide you with a consistent level of interaction that encourages academic learning and creates a community atmosphere. This can be delivered through live streaming of classroom sessions, forums and virtual classrooms with lecturers, interactive exercises and peer activities.
5. Learn how to study online
Studying online and managing your own studies is a skill in itself! Given the number of people who now study online, plus the number of companies that use online training for their employees, it is a vital skill to be proficient with online tools and technology.
“Professionals from all backgrounds feel the urge to become experts in their industries and achieve higher levels in their career. Due to work and family commitments, many simply don’t have time for a full-time, year-long postgraduate programme, and for that reason the number of people studying via online platforms has increased exponentially over the last few years”, says Vitaly Klopot, Managing Director of the award-winning e-learning provider, InterActive Pro.
StudyInterActive is a distance learning platform which provides recognised professional courses, undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees and executive programmes. Find out more about available programmes.
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