Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Because of COVID-19, some areas of life have seen innovation in order to keep people safe. Services like grocery delivery, contactless payment, and online teleconferencing applications aren’t new, but they have been massively improved upon in recent years due to the pandemic. In the same vein, online learning has exploded in the higher education scene in response to COVID-19. Looking forward to a post-pandemic world, online courses are here to stay due to the benefits it provides for students.
One such benefit is flexibility. The added flexibility of online learning allows students to learn at their own pace and sometimes even asynchronously—which is impossible in an in-person learning environment. Let’s dive into how the flexibility of online classes positively impacts the lives of students in higher education.
How Online Learning Gives Students More Flexibility
Accommodates more learners
An online learning or blended learning environment gives students more flexibility than a traditional classroom. In a physical classroom, you are typically expected to attend class and take tests at a specific time and location. Online class gives students the opportunity to attend a lecture from their dorm room and complete a test by a certain deadline removing the need for both a location and time restriction. Because both can be done asynchronously, students can complete the course material on their own time so they can have more time for other classes, jobs, clubs, and hanging out with friends.
Different lifestyles can receive an education
A problem that higher education has had for a while is allowing people with lifestyles different from traditional students access to traditional education. Working a full-time job can make it very difficult to go to school unless you live near a university and have zero commitments after work—which is a problem for many people seeking higher education.