Many of the traditional high schools and colleges are now requiring students to take at least one class online before graduation. Why is this new requirement becoming so prevalent? And, how do these online classes benefit schools and students? Find out below. Online classes give schools more flexibility. Offering online options frees up physical classroom space for the courses that benefit the most from face-to-face learning. Some schools try to use this to their advantage, putting an interactive math class online while offering an in-person science lab in the physical space for example. Online classes also allow many schools to offer programs that wouldn’t otherwise be available. Making an otherwise impossible class viable online, a few students from one school can join up with students from other schools in an area. Students are likely to encounter additional online classes as they continue their academic careers. Chances are that most students will encounter several opportunities to learn virtually now that the majority of colleges in the nation offer some form of distance learning. Online learning may be the only option to get all of the credits they need in some cases. Students are better able to succeed in all kinds of learning environments by familiarizing themselves with online learning early.

Reasons students take online classes

Online learning helps students develop critical thinking and reading skills. Students can’t passively sit through lectures and answer questions with common sense in well-designed virtual courses. These courses require students to follow directions carefully and take ownership for their own learning. Both within the content of the course and within the course instructions, the majority of online classes require a significant amount of reading. Gone are the days when business was conducted primarily through face-to-face meetings. Increasingly, employees conduct their affairs with co-workers and clients through email, webinars, conference calls, and other online avenues. Students learn how to effectively communicate in a variety of online situations, tailor the tone of their messages to suit their audience, and respond to others in classes online. Effectively communicating without seeing a person’s body language or hearing their tone of voice can be deceptively challenging. Online classes give students the opportunity to adapt to new technologies in addition to helping students develop communication skills. Students learn how to figure out technical issues and troubleshoot problems they encounter. The specific programs aren’t particularly important, while grads probably won’t use the same learning management systems and chat programs in the office. The technology will change, but the ability to adapt and develop new tech skills will be invaluable for new grads. College grads will be expected to be able to learn online. Much of that learning will happen informally long after they finish their academic career. Grads might be asked to perform a task that they weren’t trained in and will have to rely on internet materials to teach themselves. Increasingly, that learning might also happen via formal online training programs.