Learning something new can be intimidating and sometimes overcoming that fear to start is paralyzing. Virtual learning makes trying a new hobby or developing knowledge in an existing topic more approachable, accessible, and less time consuming in comparison to an in-person education. The benefits of virtual learning are many, here are a few:
1. Less Time Investment
Let’s face it, while attending in person classes has its pros - it takes more out of our day to drive to class, sit through lengthy lectures, move from room to room, and finally drive back home. While those seemingly little actions become part of our routine - all of it takes energy. Virtual learning offers you the opportunity to work from the comfort of your own home, a nearby coffee shop, or library. You have the freedom to decide how much you work on something a day, which information is most relevant to you, and whether or not you work from home.
2. Opportunity to Work From A Comfortable Space
Work environment is so important for the motivation and mood of any working individual. Online learning gives students the option to work from a place that boosts their personal productivity. According to a research article from HR Magazine, a survey of 1,000 office workers came back with the following results: “24% were uncomfortable at their desks, and 25% said that their working environment has a negative impact on their productivity.” By choosing an environment that best suits you - you can maintain motivation throughout the day and do more with your time.
3. Higher Retention Rates
According to eLearning Industry, “online courses have increased student retention rates from anything from 25% to 60%.” In comparison, face-to-face class retention rates are lower: 8% to 10%. The freedom of online learning and multimedia course materials allows students variety and the ability to plan around other commitments to create the space they need for optimal learning. It is no surprise that eLearning is well received when students are able to decide how to study, when they are most ready to absorb the information, and where to study it.
4. Digital Learning Is Better For the Environment
One way to significantly reduce our carbon footprint is to embrace digital learning. A study by Britain’s Open University says that “producing and providing distance learning courses consumes an average of 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional face-to-face courses.” Travel, materials, and energy are conserved when digital classes are taken. Read about the
5. Costs Less
Online learning can be more cost effective without students having to commute to class and also pay for the fees that are attached to running an in-person program. At Able ARTS Learn for Life, classes are developed with accessibility in mind. Classes that would require materials you might easily be able to find at home, or for cheap at a local art store. You can’t beat a $5.00 art class that gives you easy access to a teacher and the flexibility to learn from wherever you are.
Start a new hobby, develop an existing skill, or become part of a community by joining online classes. If you’re having trouble deciding where to start - check out some of the classes on our classes page to see what interests you!
Gabby Gobaton is the Marketing and Arts Administration Intern with Able ARTS Work and is currently studying Graphic Design at California State University, Long Beach. This internship is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture through their arts internship program.