Online Learning

Who can participate in online learning?

We live in a great time. Yes, brick-and-mortar education is becoming increasingly expensive, but this type of learning is not the only thing available to us. We've all heard stories about people who have picked themselves up by their boot straps, sought an education, and accomplished their goals. Know that it is in you to make your dreams a reality.

Given that online learning essentially only requires access to a computer and Internet connection, really anyone can participate. Use your own computer, seek out discounts to purchase a laptop, work out a deal with a friend or business owner, or even visit a library to see what they offer regarding computer usage. While in-class education is usually only possible for younger people who have few demands on their time, the very nature of online learning makes it accessible to students in all situations in life.

Many classes are asynchronous, meaning they do not have to be “attended” at a certain time. The result is that a class at an institution in California can be taught by a teacher in Maryland, and taken by students all over the world. The result is a wider base of people with access to learning and teaching opportunities than with a traditional class setting.

In many cases, as with larger universities and institutions, students must already be enrolled based on the school’s admission process to have access to a class that is administered online. However, junior and community colleges or schools for continued learning that are affiliated with larger universities often only require payment and enrollment to participate in an online course. The same is true of technical or trade establishments.

Price might be another determinate of who can participate in online learning. While community college classes are usually more affordable and many students may be eligible for reduced fees or financial aid, classes at other institutions tend to be much more expensive. However, this is a reality true in any class structure, not just online classes. While online courses are affordable in many ways, especially as they cut down the cost of commuting or room and board, some classes have higher registration fees if they are being administered by a for-profit institution that is not eligible for state funds that other schools can collect. This can potentially make some online learning more expensive than others, making it difficult for some people to participate in certain programs.

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