5 reasons to take your next course online

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Online learning is the most accessible, flexible and effective way to educate yourself. Already extremely popular overseas, online learning has taken off in South Africa and has become the learning platform of choice for many businesspeople. Studying an online course will bring many great advantages. Here are five reasons why you should take your next course online.


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If you're a busy working professional, it can feel like there's never enough time in the day for work, chores and the occasional moment of relaxation - never mind learning a new skill or gaining valuable business expertise. An online course could be the answer for you.
Even so-called convenient correspondence courses require substantial time and energy. If you dream of learning and improving your skills, it's time to try the alternative.
Benefits of an Online Course
Online learning is the most accessible, flexible and effective way to educate yourself. Already extremely popular overseas, online learning has taken off in South Africa and has become the learning platform of choice for many businesspeople and even whole industries. Here are five reasons why you should take your next course online.

1. Ultimate convenience

Since you are learning online and not in a contact-based environment, if you take an online course you can work in your own time.
You're not bound to classes or physical tools, so you can literally access your learning wherever you go - at work or at home, while travelling, when on holiday or even on your daily commute.
You can also study at your own pace, whether you prefer to speed through the material on day one or learn slowly each day.

2. Save money

The cost of online tuition is lower than many correspondence courses since there are no material or venue costs involved.
Students receive far more content and materials, since digital content is not limited by physical space constraints, and they have constant access to their expert teacher - so you get much more for less.
Also, you'll save on all the hidden costs associated with other part-time courses, like petrol, parking, postage and stationery.

3. Focused learning

With a part-time online course, you can choose exactly what you want to learn and how much you get out of the experience. You don't need to sign up to a lengthy diploma program or earn credits towards qualifications you don't need.
Online, you get a targeted learning experience over a short, intense course. You decide what you want to get out of the learning experience.

4. Real interaction

One misconception about online learning is that the experience is very impersonal and isolated. In fact, the very opposite is true. With an online course, you have a dedicated teacher and a forum for communicating directly with all your fellow students.
Research in the US revealed that students only get the opportunity to ask one question for every 10 hours of teaching time. Online, this picture is very different: you can ask questions whenever you like, and the expert teacher will respond with a measured and considered answer (or even a link or video).
Fellow students can get involved too, starting valuable discussions and exchanges. Everyone is on the same playing field.

5. Integrated, structured and practical learning

The web offers the opportunity for a real multimedia learning experience. Not only can you read your notes and the many resources on the web, but you can also watch videos, take part in live chats, take quizzes, play games and do many other learning activities. Your progress can be tracked electronically and you can receive support instantly.
Finally, there is a large scope for practical learning. Since you are studying in your own space and time, you can test your new knowledge instantly on real-world events, always with the support of your online teacher.
Imagine learning to build a website, draft a balance sheet, plan a project or write beautiful fiction from the convenience of your home or office. Online learning makes it possible - and easy.
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