Flexibility & Convenience: Benefits of Online Education

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Benefits of Online Education Ready for the next installment in our Benefits of Online Education series? So far we’ve looked at our entire Top 10 List and the benefits of Choice and Savings. Today we’re going to take a look at the next two benefits on our list… drum roll, please… flexibility and convenience!

It seems that flexibility and convenience are becoming the buzz words of our day and age. Everywhere you look there’s a new product that claims to make your life more convenient or a social discussion on the need for flexibility—in the workplace, the home, society in general, etc. There’s no question that our modern pace of life demands that we find flexible and convenient solutions in almost every aspect of our lives—and education is no different.

Flexibility Fitting school in around work and family responsibilities can be a real challenge. Going back to school with an online career training program gives students the flexibility to study on the schedule that fits their lives.

As we touched on in our last post, online programs hold the biggest appeal for non-traditional students—those who are going back to school after years away. They’re typically older and they have work and/or family responsibilities that keep them busy and limit their opportunities to attend class. Flexibility is a HUGE requirement for them, which is why online training fits the bill so well.

Online education offers students the opportunity to study whenever it fits into their lives—whether that’s at 5 a.m. before the kids wake up, on their lunch hour, or for a few hours late at night. Students no longer have to worry about missing class because of work or missing a parent-teacher conference because they had to study. Online education allows students to fit education into their lives instead of re-organizing their lives around education.

Convenience Online training makes education more convenient for students living in rural areas, those with health concerns or disabilities, and those who frequently travel or move.

It’s not always easy to get to class. You may have to commute long distances, battle with health problems that make it hard to go out, juggle babysitting or daycare schedules, fit classes in around frequent business trips, or any number of things. Online training makes education more convenient.

Online education has opened up training opportunities to many who were traditionally underserved by higher education institutions. By shortening the commute to simply a walk to the computer, providing the opportunity to study when you’re feeling your best, letting students learn when their children are occupied or napping, and allowing frequent travelers to study no matter where they are, convenient online training has made it possible for nearly anyone to go back to school.

There’s no denying that flexibility and convenience are huge drivers behind the demand for online education, but what have you seen in your experience? Are students truly looking for flexible and convenient education options or are these just nice perks?

In our next Benefits of Online Education post we’ll take a look at instructor and student interaction and networking opportunities. See you next time!


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  1. Greg December 11, 2014

    Having fun . Enjoying the format/approach of this teaching system.

  2. Angie February 21, 2015

    I like looking at this demo.  I am trying to find out if online education is right for me.

  3. Career Step February 23, 2015

    Hi Angie,

    Glad the demo was helpful! If you need any additional information or would like advise on whether online education is right for you, you are always more than welcome to contact our Academic Advisors at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  4. June A. Skinner March 26, 2015

    I am returning to the class room after a number of years. My Job entails a lot of travelling, so I am always on the move.

    Flexibility and convenience are important to me. So far the online program is very informative and well presented.

  5. Career Step March 26, 2015

    Hi June,

    So glad to hear that you’re enjoying the course and that it’s fitting in with your individual schedule and unique needs.

    Best wishes as you’re working through the training!

  6. letie April 19, 2015

    This is the first time that I am taking a class online and am enjoying it. I recommend it. I enjoy It very much. Helps me work around my work schedule and on the other things I need to do. So yes I am a busy person who decided to do this while doing the things that I still need to do. It’s great..

  7. Career Step April 20, 2015

    Hi Letie,

    So glad to hear your enjoying the classes and that they’re fitting into your schedule so nicely! Be sure to contact your instructors at 1-888-657-5752 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you need any assistance.

    Best wishes!

  8. Paula July 20, 2015

    Flexibility & convenience are important features.  Due to a family emergency, I am completing this class while riding tne Amtrak auto-train.

  9. Gloria August 15, 2015

    I think online learning is the way to go especially when you are dealing with a family. It is very convenient.

  10. Lara August 29, 2015

    This will be my 1st online class also. I’m taking Medical Terminology as it is a requirement for my job. I’d have to say I am quite nervous. Wish me luck smile

  11. Glen September 06, 2015

    Ready to start my course!

  12. Mari September 09, 2015

    Course work that is flexible and convenient is very important to me.

  13. Carolyn September 19, 2015

    I am very excited and ready to begin!

  14. Summertime15 October 15, 2015

    This is the first time I have taken online courses. And the demonstration class is definitely a good start as Universal Class suggest!

  15. Brenda November 01, 2015

    Online Learning give the flexible time schedule, to apply in a student busy family and occupation life.

  16. Angela November 27, 2015

    Flexibility and convenience are crucial to any decision I make.  Changing careers after 20 yrs and becoming an entrepreneur plus already being enrolled in a course through another school, requires all the flexibility and convenience afforded to me.  Online learning is the catalyst to greater things for busy career individuals.

  17. Tracie January 02, 2016

    Learning online seems to be the best way to go .i work full time so the convenience of home study and flexibility of time are suitable for me.

  18. Donna January 20, 2016

    Enjoying this.  Can’t wait to get started.

  19. Angela February 17, 2016

    Working full time and online learning is a great fit for my schedule.

  20. Barbara Fitchett February 18, 2016

    Retired and need an income so motivated.
    This is my first Online course.  It is challenging as my computer skills and retention definitely need super charged.  Confident your program will teach me what I need for a better life.

  21. Mohammad February 19, 2016

    I think online education is becoming necessary, due to lack of time to setting in a classroom physically.

  22. Jeanne February 20, 2016

    This demo was very helpful. Thank you for this.

  23. Julie Fraser February 20, 2016

    I am a disabled elderly person wanting to improve my skills, online learning perfectly works for me!

  24. Jimmy Posso February 23, 2016

    I thought the reading was interesting.

  25. Amber March 12, 2016

    I am finding this course to be very helpful and expect that it will make the other courses I intend to take with Universal Class much easier. Flexibility and convenience are very important to me as well as being able to take my time to learn course material as my ability to retain information is not as sharp as it used to be.

    Hi Amber,

    Thanks for your comment, we are so glad you are enjoying your course and things are going well for you! Please let us know if there is anything we can ever do to help you along!

    Best wishes!

  26. Michael Favors March 15, 2016

    I find that online learning is beneficial. I attended an online college a few years ago and was able to achieve an associates degree. I am disabled and it work out to be very helpful.

  27. Zequek Estrada April 25, 2016

    I agree that flexibility and convenience are major benefits on taking online classes. I’d imagine that it works great for people who’s schedules are really busy. I love how online classes gives more people the opportunity to further their education.

    Hi Zequek-
    Thanks for your comments! We love to see how individuals can benefit and further their education through online courses!

    Best wishes

  28. Braden Bills June 29, 2016

    My son has been trying to decide what to do with his education lately. I didn’t know that you could learn online! I’ll be sure to let him know, because I think he could use the additional flexibility. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Barbara Warren July 16, 2016

    I like online classes because I work and they allow more flexibility with time.  That makes taking the class convenient as well as not having to travel to a college to be present in class.

  30. Pam August 16, 2016

    I like online classes because I prefer to study very early in the morning.

  31. Barbara Cook September 16, 2016

    I can only hope I will achieve what I am seeking.

  32. Juan Perez September 17, 2016

    I am 72 and retired.I think this online classes will give me the opportunity to learn things that will enhance my retirement


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