Online students will likely notbe able to enjoy the beauty of a university campus, the struggles of dorm life, or the rowdiness of a college football game. Clearly, there are some big differences between students who choose to complete their education by correspondence and those who embrace campus life. But even though online student might sometimes feel as if they are missing out, they have quite a few advantages.
Online Coursework: The online student can take and work on their schoolwork anywhere - well, anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, that is. Online students typically access coursework through an online management system. Once logging into the system, they can read course materials, look at the course schedule, write on discussion boards, and submit their assignments online. As long as they are disciplined enough, they have an advantage of being able to work on school at their own convenience and on their own time. Other classroom-based students have to submit assignments in class, take notes during long lectures, and wait for instructors to tell them what to do.
Independent learning: The online student doesn't have to waste their time in class waiting until the person sitting next to them understands an equation before moving on to the next one. Online students have virtual classrooms, which don't include desks, chalkboards, or professors, where they are able to learn on their own rather than as a group. While online students aren't able to participate in in-class discussions, they may be able to express their views by replying to a post on a discussion board. And instead of raising their hand in class and waiting for the professor to call on them, all they have to do is send him an e-mail or instant message. As long as they are independent learners, they have the advantage of being able to work at their own pace.
Flexible schedule: The online student doesn't have to rearrange their personal life to accommodate an 8 a.m. chemistry class. Online students have the flexibility to incorporate their education into already established schedules, which may include obligations to work and family. With no set time to be at class, they can finish the day's assignments ahead of time if they need the afternoon off, or sleep in the next morning if they were out a little too late the night before. As long as they are responsible, they have the advantage of designating their own class times, while other students have to plan things, such as part-time jobs or social activities, around a set class schedule.