Online courses can enhance the learning process

Online courses enhance the learning process.
Online courses enhance the learning process.

Approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in the fall of 2009, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning. Moreover, web-based enrollment rose by almost 1 million individuals in 2009 alone.

Adult learners may take advantage of distance courses for a number of reasons. Some may have busy work schedules and need flexibility in their class offerings. Others may seek bolstered employment prospects after graduation, which higher education can provide.

For instance, as the Times Herald reports, students at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) complete their online courses in a collaborative environment. Through discussion boards and e-mail, they can converse about their studies with their peers and teachers.

SC4 is in the process of implementing a new web-based platform that is more user-friendly. As is common at many schools that make similar offerings, students take classes with the same faculty members who would teach them on campus. They can watch missed lectures over the internet and access career development training, according to the news outlet.