Online Courses Impact Higher Education


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Online options for higher education programs are on the rise. Anything from general education courses to graduate level courses are available to students from their own living room. Learning is more accessible than ever with online courses offering students flexible schedules, affordable options, and location freedom.

Dorn Policy Group, Inc. is one of Arizona’s leading government relations firms that specialize in making your voice heard by key policymakers to maximize your business’s success. Read our article below and learn more about how the availability of online courses may impact higher education.

About Online Courses

Online courses have become even more popular over the last couple of years as COVID-19 made distance learning a necessity in higher education. While many students have returned to campuses and lecture halls, online courses are available as alternatives to traditional in-person learning. A variety of educational institutions offer many different kinds of online learning opportunities through training courses, certifications, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and even PhD degrees. 

Advantages of Online Courses

The availability of online courses has multiple advantages for students beyond what their in-person counterparts offer. For many learners, the primary benefit of online learning is schedule flexibility. Students can earn their degree or certificate around full-time work schedules or on an accelerated timeline. In addition to schedule flexibility, online classes have several other advantages that make achieving educational and career goals more accessible:

  • Lower Costs: While students may pay the same per-credit tuition as on-campus learners, they save by not paying for on-campus housing, meal plans, and commute costs.
  • Comfortable Learning Environments: With the ability to study anywhere, online learners can complete coursework at home, a coffee shop, or a library.
  • Geographic Flexibility: Online learners do not have to relocate in order to attend premier schools. They can live close to family or have the freedom to travel while earning their degree.
  • Improving Technical Skills: Online courses teach students technical skills they need on the job. On top of their normal curriculum, they learn how to utilize software, do online research, and communicate effectively through technology.

Online Courses Impact on the Workforce

Online courses have many advantages for individuals looking to further their education, but they also have positive impacts outside of education. Students who are able to learn online can have a positive impact on the current and future workforce. According to a Brandon-Hall Study, e-learning typically requires 40-60 percent less time than learning the same material in a traditional classroom setting. Students are able to further their education without interrupting workflow. Online students are also more likely to finish their coursework. The Research Institute of America found that e-learning increases retention rates by 25-60 percent. Higher retention rates result in a more educated workforce down the road.

Dorn Policy Group, Inc. Advocates for Higher Education

With a variety of in-person and online learning options available, there’s no better time to consider continuing your education. Elected officials are constantly discussing legislation that impacts educational opportunities across Arizona, but that shouldn’t mean you can’t have a seat at the table.

When you partner with a government relations firm like Dorn Policy Group, Inc., you’re not just getting our support. You gain an invaluable partner that advocates for your success. With nearly 60 years of combined experience, we’re experts in obtaining the results you need for success. Contact us today to learn more about our services and what we can do for you. 

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