Back to Blog 5 Benefits of Online Learning [Online Education] Blog Share Share on FacebookFollow us on LinkedInShare on PinterestShare via Email Online Learning If you recently graduated from high school or are new to the workforce, you may have already dipped your toes into the world of online education by studying online during high school or taking online training classes assigned by your employer. Now that you have experienced one form of online education, your interest may be piqued, and you may be ready to take online learning further by earning your degree remotely in a virtual classroom. An online course requires just as much work as an on-ground format, and the amount of time you should dedicate to succeed in your program should be the same. The advantage of the online format is that you have more flexibility, with the caveat that to succeed in online learning you must meet your deadlines for courses. Below we’ll dive into five benefits of earning your degree online at the University of Cincinnati and explain these ideas further. Adjusting to an online education in a virtual classroom may be challenging at first, but if you are able to understand the new format you will excel and discover advantages that aren’t available with on-campus classes. These advantages include: Easily transition from an associate degree to a bachelor degree Having more control over your schedule Not being bound by geography Equipping yourself for an ever-changing, technology-focused workforce Unique Networking Opportunities Let’s take a further look at the benefits of online education. Four Benefits of Online Learning An Associate to a Bachelor Degree UC Online makes it easy to seamlessly transition from an associate to bachelor degree. If you are interested in earning your associate degree then moving on to your bachelor’s degree speak to one of our academic advisor’s to better understand the various seamless transfer pathways that UC Online offers, and possible program-to-program articulations, that are available. This will help you identify some of the best options for your goals. For more information read our blog post, What’s the Best Way to Move from an Associate Degree to a Bachelor’s. Control Over Your Schedule You likely know there’ll be some flexibility in getting an online degree. But at UC Online, our online programs are steeped in flexibility. Our classes are asynchronous, meaning you can log on and attend at a time that works for you—and you can change your preferences whenever you feel like it, whether that’s week to week or day-to-day—whatever works best for you. This flexibility is essential. You need time for other things in your life, including work, family and friends, and your hobbies and special interests. Knowing this flexibility is baked into the UC Online experience should give you the confidence to know that earning a degree—and doing everything else that’s important to you—is highly doable. Online education at the University of Cincinnati Online can help you balance school, life, and work. You’re Not Bound by Geography Studying when you want is great. What’s even better is being able to choose a respected university that may be outside your hometown. While we welcome many students from the Cincinnati metro and throughout Ohio, other students enroll from the East Coast and across the U.S. We also accept international students in our online degree programs. When you don’t have to attend classes on campus, it saves you time driving to and from school. Knowing you can travel or even make a move to another city (for example, with a job change) and still attend UC Online allows you to continue your education without missing a beat. You log in to class from wherever you are in the world, and your instructors and classmates can do the same. It makes for a rich and diverse learning experience when you get to know people from other locations and backgrounds. Online Learning Helps You Refine and Gain New Technical Skills Another benefit that people often don’t think about is how online learning and the associated technologies and skills that come with it prepares you for the workforce and makes you more marketable to future employers. When you master the ins and outs of online learning, including using the tools and systems UC Online provides, you’re growing your technology skills. And when you prioritize classes and studying, you’re flexing your self-discipline muscle and ability to go after what you want. Think about what it could mean to a prospective employer when you share what you learned while earning your degree, how you successfully managed your education along with other responsibilities and how you met many people from across the country. Expand Your Network Online education gives you the opportunity to network with peers across nations or even different continents. This could lead to professional opportunities you might not be exposed to in a traditional classroom setting. Take advantage of your networking opportunities on day one of classes by actively participating in class discussions, and when the timing is right, introduce yourself to your classmates. Ready to Earn Your Online Degree? UC Online’s accredited degree programs are ranked among the best in the nation, and Study.com ranks The University of Cincinnati #1 as the best online college in Ohio. Any degree you choose is designed with today’s modern students in mind. If furthering your education online sounds right for you, connect with one of our UC Online’s advisors who are here to answer your questions. Reach out to them today at 833-556-4428 or send a message. We look forward to hearing about your interests in getting an online degree and helping you turn those interests into a reality.