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The appeal of online education

Computer GlobeDistance learning, now more commonly called online learning, has changed enormously in recent years, so much so that millions of North Americans now study online as the preferred way to pursue professional development and to obtain knowledge and skills necessary to advance careers. This option is very appropriate for working golf club managers and for students of golf club management.

Why do people like online learning?

1. people can study at home while they continue working (this saves significant money)

2. study at your own time and pace, i.e. after work, on weekends, or when study fits into a personal schedule

3. course material is available 24/7

4. online learning doesn’t involve lectures, an audio approach to learning that doesn’t suit many learning styles (online courses utilize online video, PowerPoint shows, online articles, etc.)

5. courses can often be completed in much less time than on-campus offerings because people can work faster if they so choose (some people can complete a 45-hour course in as little as one or two weeks of focused study)

6. you have a world of information at your fingertips, so additional information on any subject can be quickly found to further enhance knowledge and understanding

7. participation online is less intimidating than in the classroom. Anonymity provides students a level playing field undisturbed by bias caused by seating arrangement, gender, race and age. Students can also think longer about what they want to say and add their comments when ready. In a traditional class room, the conversation could have gone way past the point where the student wants to comment.

8. because online institutions often offer "chat rooms" for informal conversation between students, where student bios and non class discussions can take place, there appears to be a increased bonding and camaraderie over traditional class environments.

9. the online environment makes instructors more approachable. Students can talk openly with their teachers through online chats, email and in newsgroup discussions, without waiting for office hours that may not be convenient. This option for communication provides enhanced contact between instructors and students.

While brick and mortar institutions continue to serve most students, it's easy to see why a growing number of people are attending class in the cyber world: accessibility, cost, flexibility, are all compelling reasons that contribute to the attractiveness of this mode of learning.

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