Distance learning platforms may offer more in-depth coverage of topics

Distance learning platforms may offer more in-depth coverage of topics.
Distance learning platforms may offer more in-depth coverage of topics.

Adult learners may choose to update their skills and expand their knowledge through web-based universities, which have seen increased enrollment over the past years. In fact, approximately 4.6 million students were enrolled in online courses during the 2008 academic year, according to a survey by the Sloan Consortium and the Babson Survey Research Group.

Online colleges can offer professionals and nontraditional students a unique brand of flexibility and accessibility in their pursuit of bachelor's and master's degrees. With a bit of research on the internet, these individuals may easily find an accredited institution that will allow them to develop their academic credentials. They may continue to fulfill their obligations to their families and careers all the while.

There are unique learning advantages to these academic programs, which may be redesigned and adapted specifically for the online environment. Some courses deploy a competency-based learning model. This method ensures that students only advance in their classes after they've demonstrated their mastery of skills and knowledge at each learning stage.

These students deepen their knowledge by verifying their understanding. As a result, they may potentially have a more effective learning experience than in a brick-and-mortar classroom, where they may be log many hours with little individual attention.

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